Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and Montgomery College recently hosted 20 higher education visitors from China including presidents, vice presidents and deans. The participants wanted to learn more about community college systems and processes as well as partnerships with local industry and four-year colleges and universities.
The three-week visit was arranged through AACC’s partner Global Corporate College and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). CEAIE is committed to meeting the needs of China’s modernization through developing exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese educational community and other parts of the world, promoting the advancement of education, culture, science and technology, and strengthening understanding and friendship. The visit included meeting with colleagues at the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C.
During their three-day visit at AACC, 12 members of the delegation learned about the college’s organization, structure and governance systems, instructional programs, partnerships with secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, a myriad of student support services and the function and operation of the AACC Foundation. They met representatives of the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and visited the county’s Emergency Response Center. During their time at the AACC CyberCenter, they met AACC’s industry partners from Maryland Live! Casino, Ciena Learning Solutions and Goodwill Industries.
Several of the visitors also participated in the 5th Annual Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) Summit on Completion. The Completion Summit focused on strategies for improving college completion rates by identifying, highlighting and sharing innovative and successful practices for educating community college students.