ICC’s Study Abroad program sends students to China in effort to fill government, local business needs

Seven Illinois Central College students were selected to travel to China in order to study Mandarin and the Chinese culture as part of federal and private sector initiatives to meet local strategic government and business needs.

The students selected to participate in the program are Jasmine Dinh of East Peoria, Zachary Hillman of Groveland, Greg Householter of Morton, Timothy Kee of Dunlap, Anavel Trujillo of Glasford, Alyssa Lindsey of Peoria and Gabriella Rodriguez of Peoria. The students arrived in May and will continue to study until July at ICC’s sister institutions, Xiamen Huaxia College and Shenzhen Polytechnic.

ICC students recently learned about Chinese tea culture and sampled different varieties of tea as part of ICC’s study abroad program in Shenzhen, China. Pictured left to right are: (front row) Jasmine Dinh of East Peoria, Greg Householter of Morton, Anavel Trujillo of Glasford, (back row) Timothy Kee of Dunlap, Zachary Hillman of Groveland, Alyssa Lindsey of Peoria and Gabriella Rodriguez of Peoria.
ICC students recently learned about Chinese tea culture and sampled different varieties of tea as part of ICC’s study abroad program in Shenzhen, China. Pictured left to right are: (front row) Jasmine Dinh of East Peoria, Greg Householter of Morton, Anavel Trujillo of Glasford, (back row) Timothy Kee of Dunlap, Zachary Hillman of Groveland, Alyssa Lindsey of Peoria and Gabriella Rodriguez of Peoria.

Funding for ICC’s Educational Foundation study abroad scholarships comes from grants from the Caterpillar Foundation for more than $20,000 and from G & D Integrated of Morton, which donated $100,000 over the next five years.

The initiative is part of the US. Department of State’s 100,000 Strong in China Program, which encourages educational programming to train students in Mandarin Language and Chinese culture to meet U.S. strategic government and local business needs.

Since 2006, ICC has offered 35 students study abroad opportunities in China. An on-going assessment of these students upon their return from the study abroad program has shown that more than 65 percent have made Chinese Language and Culture, Asian Culture or International Business a focus of their continuing academic careers.

dr-erwin-thumbICC President Dr. John Erwin also traveled to China this summer to encourage continued progress of the ICC Chinese Language Institute and the establishment of the English Language Institute at Xiamen Huaxia College.

For more information about ICC’s study abroad program, contact International Education Director Dr. Barbara Burton at (309) 694-8817 or International Education Coordinator Matthew Fuller at (309) 694-8947.

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