ERIC Number: ED411026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
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Cooperative Education: An International Collaborative.
Bowen, Raymond C.
In 1993, the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), in the Dominican Republic, and New York's LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) entered into a partnership to establish a series of community colleges in the Dominican Republic. The colleges were designed to foster economic growth, prepare graduates for transfer to the UASD to complete baccalaureate degrees, and meet the educational and training needs of area residents. One of the colleges, the Centro Universitario Regional de Suroeste, was established in the country's Barahona region, an underdeveloped area close to Haiti that has been declared a national site of interest for tourism development. A four-part implementation strategy was developed, including the following components: (1) an innovative curriculum was developed that included courses on travel and tourism, computer technology, general education, entrepreneurship, cooperative education, and English as a Foreign Language; (2) an advisory board of local business people was created, providing land and funds for construction; (3) the a small business resource center was established; and (4) a language instructor was hired to teach English. Faculty and staff from LaGCC provided a broad range of technical support in establishing the college, including assistance with curriculum and facilities design. In the college's first graduation, 32 of the 35 entering students completed their program and 75% had full-time jobs at the time of graduation. (YKH)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Curriculum Development, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, Organizational Objectives, Partnerships in Education, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, School Expansion, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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