WELCOMING GUESTS FROM CANADA
|Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd and Canadian education consultant David Purdy discuss educational programs at the community college level.|
Thirty-five educational and governmental leaders from Alberta, Canada, visited Clark College on January 19 as part of their site visits to area high schools hosted by Vancouver Public Schools.
Several of the visiting educators are from a school district that will be constructing a new high school on a community college campus, and the group as a whole expressed interest in touring Clark and in learning more about creating a seamless education system between K-12 and higher education programs.
During a presentation in the Fireside Room of the Penguin Student Union, the Canadian educators learned about the Running Start, Tech Prep, International Education, and adult basic education, GED and English as a second language programs from Linda Calvert, Tonya Lawrence, Susan Taylor, and Mark McLean, the respective program directors for Clark College.
A little snow on the ground wasn’t enough to keep this group inside: Mirranda Saari of Student Affairs leads the group on a campus tour.
A tour of Clark's main campus followed, giving the group a chance to visit the various facilities that house the educational programs of the college.
The Vancouver Public School District has been working with the Canadian educator group for a number of years and coordinated their visit to Southwest Washington.
The guests from Canada wanted to learn about and experience the Running Start, Tech Prep, International Education, and ABE/GED and ESL initiatives at the community college level.
“This was a great opportunity to exchange information,” said Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd. “Our guests took away beneficial information about these initiatives in order to facilitate partnerships with their local two-year colleges and enhance student access.”
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