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GLOBAL T welve students from eight countries that are underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities have flocked to Miami Dade College as part of a new Community College Consortium (CCC) program. Bringing new perspectives from their homes in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Pakistan, Turkey, South Africa and Ghana, they have shown that diverse cultures do not have to clash; instead, beautiful things can happen when people from different backgrounds work together. The Community College Consortium, administered by the Com-munity College Initiative Program with support from a U.S. De-partment of State grant, is being held at four top U.S. colleges: MDC, Northern Virginia Community College, City College of San Francisco and Arizona ’ s Maricopa Community College District. Consortium Colleagues Offer MDC a World of Awesome New Perspectives Early Benefits represented at MDC, or around the U.S. About half of the program partici-pants are from Muslim nations. The diversity has been mutually beneficial, said Eva Fernández, MDC’s International Education programs manager. “They will change the perspective of America from the outside and will be able to help their own countries as future leaders,” Fernández said. Small Group, Big Impact The students, who arrived in June and are staying until May, have had an impressive impact on life at MDC and in South Florida. The program is “half skills building and half cultural immersion,” according to Leeza Fernand, the coordinator of the grant at MDC. “The students have fundraised for floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti. They have planted trees locally at Oleta State Park and continuously participate in community outreach.” All studying business, these students come from regions not normally The program, which will run for at least two more years, has already led to a direct benefit to MDC, said Jane Anne Williams, MDC’s executive di-rector for International Education. One of the students, Zhunnuraeni “Eni” Baharuddin, is helping MDC set up a study abroad program near Jakarta, the capital of her homeland, Indonesia. The students are always busy, actively immersing themselves in college life. They have visited Arizona as part of the consortium. They are involved in student government. They volunteer locally. They each are taking up to 30 credits of classes. And they all will visit the nation’s Capitol this spring. Commenting on the great mix of people in the group, Fernand said, “We call them ‘Team Zabardast,’ ” which means “awesome” in Urdu, one of the official languages in Pakistan and parts of India. “And this group is truly amazing,” she added. – JD Aviation Partnership With China Focuses on Safety Above All Else When it comes to aviation, safety concerns come before all others national Air Transport Association and American Airlines. They also at MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation, which is world-renowned for visited air traffic control towers and discussed safety issues with its training. Having worked for years with aviation experts from China, controllers at local airports, including Miami International Airport, MDC is now making that nation’s air system even safer as China rap-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauder-idly builds new airports and runways. dale Executive Airport Recently, 22 Chinese aviation experts came to MDC to increase The valuable lessons this team acquired through its MDC expe-their knowledge of safety management systems, runway safety rience will have a large impact throughout China. and air traffic control. To kick off the program, they traveled to Washington, D.C., and participated in an Air Traffic “They will take what Far-Reaching Improvements Control Association conference and exhibition, where “They will take what they learned here and they met with safety management system and run-they learned here use it to train many other people in China,” way safety specialists from the Federal Aviation Lewis said. “And we are applying what we Administration (FAA). They also visited the FAA’s and use it to train learned from this training into the curriculum central command center in Herndon, Va. at Miami Dade College.” many other people in The College plans to continue expanding its FAA as Model China.” relationship with aviation officials in China. “The Chinese market is major, and we are The group learned how the FAA handles the national –Diana D. Lewis making great efforts to build on the far-ranging airspace system, said Diana D. Lewis, director of MDC’s edu cational ties we have been creating between Eig-Watson School of Aviation. “There is no central com-China and MDC,” said Wei “Rosey” Yang-Krivak, MDC’s mand like this in China,” Lewis said. director of International Partnerships. After the Washington visit, the group headed back to Miami where – JD they met with other FAA experts and representatives from the Inter-4 forum

Consortium Students Bring New Perspectives to MDC

Twelve students from eight countries that are underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities have flocked to Miami Dade College as part of a new Community College Consortium (CCC) program. Bringing new perspectives from their homes in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Pakistan, Turkey, South Africa and Ghana, they have shown that diverse cultures do not have to clash; instead, beautiful things can happen when people from different backgrounds work together.<br /> <br /> The Community College Consortium, administered by the Community College Initiative Program with support from a U.S. Department of State grant, is being held at four top U.S. colleges: MDC, Northern Virginia Community College, City College of San Francisco and Arizona’s Maricopa Community College District.<br /> <br /> Small Group, Big Impact<br /> The students, who arrived in June and are staying until May, have had an impressive impact on life at MDC and in South Florida. The program is “half skills building and half cultural immersion,” according to Leeza Fernand, the coordinator of the grant at MDC. “The students have fundraised for floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti. They have planted trees locally at Oleta State Park and continuously participate in community outreach.”<br /> <br /> All studying business, these students come from regions not normally represented at MDC, or around the United States. About half of the program participants are from Islmaic nations. The diversity has been mutually beneficial, said Eva Fernández, MDC’s International Education programs manager.<br /> <br /> “They will change the perspective of America from the outside and will be able to help their own countries as future leaders,” Fernández said.<br /> <br /> Early Benefits<br /> The program, which will run for at least two more years, has already led to a direct benefit to MDC, said Jane Anne Williams, MDC’s executive director for International Education. One of the students, Zhunnuraeni “Eni” Baharuddin, is helping MDC set up a study abroad program near Jakarta, the capital of her homeland, Indonesia.<br /> <br /> The students are always busy, actively immersing themselves in college life. They have visited Arizona as part of the consortium. They are involved in student government. They volunteer locally. They each are taking up to 30 credits of classes. And they all will visit the nation’s Capitol this spring.<br /> <br /> Commenting on the great mix of people in the group, Fernand said, “We call them ‘Team Zabardast,’ ” which means “awesome” in Urdu, one of the official languages in Pakistan and parts of India.<br /> <br /> “And this group is truly amazing,” she added.<br /> <br /> — JD<br /> <br />

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Partnership Improves Aviation Safety in China

When it comes to aviation, safety concerns come before all others at MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation, which is world-renowned for its training. Having worked for years with aviation experts from China, MDC is now making that nation’s air system even safer as China rapidly builds new airports and runways.<br /> <br /> Recently, 22 Chinese aviation experts came to MDC to increase their knowledge of safety management systems, runway safety and air traffic control. To kick off the program, they traveled to Washington, D.C., and participated in an Air Traffic Control Association conference and exhibition, where they met with safety management system and runway safety specialists from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They also visited the FAA’s central command center in Herndon, Va.<br /> <br /> FAA as Model<br /> The group learned how the FAA handles the national airspace system, said Diana D. Lewis, director of MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation. “There is no central command like this in China,” Lewis said.<br /> <br /> After the Washington visit, the group headed back to Miami where they met with other FAA experts and representatives from the International Air Transport Association and American Airlines. They also visited air traffic control towers and discussed safety issues with controllers at local airports, including Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport<br /> <br /> The valuable lessons this team acquired through its MDC experience will have a large impact throughout China.<br /> <br /> Far-Reaching Improvements<br /> “They will take what they learned here and use it to train many other people in China,” Lewis said. “And we are applying what we learned from this training into the curriculum at Miami Dade College.”<br /> <br /> The College plans to continue expanding its relationship with aviation officials in China.<br /> <br /> “The Chinese market is major, and we are making great efforts to build on the far-ranging educational ties we have been creating between China and MDC,” said Wei “Rosey” Yang-Krivak, MDC’s director of International Partnerships.<br /> <br /> — JD

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Partnership+Improves+Aviation+Safety+in+China/703428/67046/article.html.

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