By Starr D’Avril
Lorain County Community College officials have opened a new satellite center in China. The LCCC China Service Center in Changsha City, Hunan Province will help educate students and their parents as they begin the process of transferring to one of LCCC’s stateside campuses.
Annouska Remmert, director of International Education at LCCC, has worked for three years to establish an LCCC center at the Hunan College of Foreign Studies.
“The mission of the LCCC China Service Center is to provide information about LCCC to parents and students interested in studying at LCCC,” said Remmert. She added that since beginning the partnership between Hunan College and LCCC, close to 50 Chinese students have come to LCCC and five students from LCCC have gone to China.
Dean of Arts and Humanities Robert Beckstrom helped to bring about the opening of the new satellite center, and was able to attend the grand opening of the facility to meet some of the students. “The demand for higher education does not match the infra-structure of many developing nations,” said Beckstrom. “I did not feel like we were in a police-state. The young people of China have a bright optimism about their country’s future.”
Beckstrom, Remmert and Associate Provost John Crooks attended the grand opening ceremony in Changsha May 31 as LCCC representatives. They met with administrators, students and local officials during the event. According to Remmert, the students were excited about the center, wearing buttons that read “Welcome LCCC.”
Hunan College of Foreign Studies offers an intensive English class to students who decide to transfer to LCCC through the center. Students from LCCC also have the opportunity to study language and culture in China and work as tutors for conversational English, according to Remmert.
“We have five full-time and five adjunct faculty members who went to China to teach English at our partner colleges,” said Remmert, adding that LCCC faculty has the chance to go to China to teach for a month, semester or year and provide a few hours of service at the center.