Students at Craven Community College (CCC) join fellow students, faculty and members of our local community on a global learning experience. The college’s study abroad program immerses students in the culture, history, ecology and language of another country.
In most recent years, study abroad students traveled to Peru and Ecuador. This coming spring, students will be traveling on an 11-day excursion to Ireland. “Study Abroad Ireland 2014” is a partnership between CCC and the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland in Bundoran, County Donegal, Western Ireland.
“The study abroad program prepares our students for the increasingly global employment marketplace,” said Dr. Cyndi Bellacero, chair of communication, humanities, and fine arts at CCC. Bellacero added, “In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements of this course, students really expand their cultural awareness, which can be a life-changing experience.” Bellacero said that students who participate in this course are also better prepared for the expanding global focus of education at four-year colleges.
Kayla Schliewe is one of the CCC students that has found the study abroad program a life changing experience. “Before traveling to Ecuador, I had never been on a plane or traveled beyond the eastern United States,” said Schliewe. She said the trip was eye-opening and she now feels more connected to the world. Schliewe started her college studies early while she was finishing high school. She is part of the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C- STEP) college transfer program and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next year.
CCC’s global initiative provides students with international learning opportunities and experiences both here on the college’s campuses and abroad. CCC’s study abroad program is an annual international travel program that is part of the Humanities 102 Cultural Studies course. Students taking this course are involved with pre-trip activities, fieldwork during the trip such as keeping a journal, and post-trip projects including a final exam presentation to fellow students, faculty and other members of the college. Students apply to be accepted into this study abroad course. Tuition payment for the course is waived, and some students can qualify for a partial scholarship to offset some of the travel costs.
CCC is currently accepting applications for the May 2014 study abroad trip to Ireland. Students, faculty, staff, as well as individuals from the community, can apply. Deadline for the Ireland trip application is November 12th.
For more information about the study abroad program, Bellacero at 252-638-7328.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.