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Grants Help to Establish
Community College Consortia
Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin
has been a pacesetter in getting community colleges to pull
together to create new opportunities to study abroad. It
won a $360,000 Capacity Building for Study Abroad grant
from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education
and Cultural Affairs in 2010 to build a network of twoyear colleges interested in engaging faculty and students in
sustainable development projects in Central America and
elsewhere. Madison has previously won National Science
Foundation grants to share its renewable energy expertise.
Madison enlisted 23 colleges for the Community College Sustainable Development Network, held workshops
in Madison on how to create new study abroad classes,
and also brought small cohorts of faculty to rural Costa
Rica to observe and participate in its renewable energy
service-learning program.
Geoff Bradshaw, Madison's director of international
education, said most of the network members "had limited or no previous study abroad experience." Several
went on to create similar study abroad programs built
around renewable energy work in Belize, South Africa,
and other countries.
For instance, teachers from Madison, Lakeshore Technical College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Heartland
Community College in Normal, Illinois, took students to

P

A Pennsylvania Community College
Expands its Place in the World
Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, won a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant to
build upon an ambitious study abroad program it launched
in 2013 that sent eight students and two professors to the
mountains of Peru to work with an NGO on the installation of what is said to be the world's highest altitude wind
turbine to produce electricity for a rural village.
Now Northampton, in partnership with the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and the nonprofit organization
WindAid, is creating a service-learning course on "Implementing Sustainable Energy Systems in Developing

An Easier Sell to Raise Money
for Scholarships than Infrastructure

aying for students

make sure that happens. We're

initial grants, but it was named the

to study abroad is a

the wheels." But the money raised

strategic partner of Universidad

powerful part of the

typically is earmarked solely for

Santa María La Antigua (USMA) in

pitch for the university's

scholarships, not for building the

Panama, one of the Latin American

fundraisers. Prospective donors

institutional infrastructure to run

institutions that received $25,000.

"love to give money to send

strong study abroad programs,

Now it's helping USMA build its

students abroad," DeDe Long,

she said. "It's much easier to raise

own infrastructure so they have the

director of study abroad and

money to send students abroad

staff, knowledge, and resources to

international exchange at the

than to raise money for more

attract and better serve students

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

staff." She sees that need as one

from Arkansas and universities.

(UA), said. "We don't raise money

that foundations and programs

The grant did not cover staff travel,

in this office, but when the

such as the 100,000 Strong in the

but Long and her counterparts at

development people go out and

Americas Initiative can and should

USMA both were able to secure

tell donors, 'We can send students

address with challenge grants.

commitments from their universi-

UA was unsuccessful itself in

ties to pay for that-another small

anywhere in the world you want,'
the pressure is on this office to

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Belize in 2013 to install solar panels at a rainforest field
station and went this year to build a solar system for a
dorm at a University of Belize marine research facility.
Working with Madison made it possible, said Heartland professor Christopher Miller. "We're a small school.
We just didn't have enough horsepower and firepower...
to make it happen" by itself.
Bradshaw said that the advantage of the network "is
connecting colleges with each other so that instead of one
college needing to get 10 to 15 students to run a program
(which can be insurmountable at a small community college), each school can recruit a few students" and share
the faculty load.

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winning one of that initiative's

instance of leveraging.



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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
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In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
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