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* Road to Morocco goes through Shoreline

OujdaCity.jpg

A view of Oujda, Morocco (above, Mohammed University (below).

 

OujdaUniversity.jpgMaybe not exactly like Bing Crosby and
Bob Hope, but Susan Hoyne and Janos Szablya are off on the road to Morocco.

 

Hoyne, the Dean of Science at Shoreline Community College, and Szablya, an instructional technician at the college,
left Sept. 16, 2011, for the University of Technology of Oujda, Morocco, affiliated
with Mohammed University of Oujda

 

“This is a train-the-trainer opportunity,” Hoyne said before the trip. “This is coming to us because of federal grant funding and our partnership with NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) and Gateway Community College (Wisconsin) and Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Oklahoma).”

 

Along with Snap-on Tools, the colleges are working with NC3 to develop an automotive diagnostics training program for Morocco. Shoreline’s Professional Automotive Training Center leads the nation in new-car automotive technician training.

 

“We know how create training programs that work for the students and industry. We’re going there to share that expertise,” Hoyne said. Oujda is about 40 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, near the Algerian border. “This is just the first visit of what we hope will be an ongoing relationship.”

 

Hoyne said Szablya will stay in Morocco for the week-long trip, working with Moroccan educators. Meanwhile, Hoyne and other administrators from Gateway, Tuttle, Snap-on and NC3 will head to Madrid, Spain, for initial talks with a university there.

 

“They want to do the same thing, build an automotive technician training center,” Hoyne said. “We’re happy to help.”

* Sampson takes reins in International Programs

International Programs, one of the two top strategic initiatives for Shoreline Community College, is in the hands of Diana Sampson.

“I’m pleased that we have Diana as executive director to lead this important part of what we’re doing here at Shoreline,” President Lee Lambert said. “Better understanding the world we live in is critical for our students. One way we can help all of our students, international and domestic, is to bring them together here at Shoreline to learn from and about each other.”

Sampson has a background in international student recruitment with Shoreline and was an advising and counseling faculty member. She has lived in China and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Sampson was recently named to head a team focused on student recruitment in China. Sampson is now accountable for the overall program, responsibilities that were previously with Thalia Saplad, who is leaving the college.

“I’m excited to be able to help students and to have an impact on what I believe is the most important issue of our time, global understanding,” Sampson said.

Shoreline now has about 600 international students from 34 countries, primarily Pacific Rim nations. Sampson will oversee the effort to grow that number to 1,000 and expand the number of countries from which students come.

Lambert said that the strategic initiative covers three years. “I’ll be working closely with Diana to monitor our progress,” Lambert said. The college is also investing in additional staff to support the effort. “Shoreline is recognized around the world as leader in higher education and we will continue to build on that reputation.”

Lambert said the global perspective is core to the college.

“Our vision statement says ‘We will be a world-class leader in student success and community engagement,’” Lambert said, noting that the other strategic initiative for the college is to expand online classes and services, making quality education available anywhere, anytime. “You can’t be a world-class leader and not include the world.”

SCC/Jim Hills