Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast hosting 6 Chinese Community College Presidents beginning April 17

NORTHEAST – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has included Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast in its Vocational Education Leadership Training Program (VELT) and has arranged for six Chinese community college presidents to visit Ivy Tech, April 17–30, 2011. These administrators represent colleges that specialize in training and education in telecommunications, light industry, textiles, vocational, economics, and business.

The individuals will visit Ivy Tech–Northeast and meet with college administration, faculty, staff, and students during their stay. They will visit all of Ivy Tech’s facilities and campus locations, including the Coliseum Campus, North Campus, Public Safety Academy, and Smith Field. In addition, they will meet with community economic development members, area public school superintendents, and local business groups. Tours of regional manufacturing plants and businesses have been arranged to demonstrate Ivy Tech’s engagement and relationships with area businesses.

City of Fort Wayne Mayor Thomas C. Henry will formally welcome our guests to Fort Wayne, and the delegates will visit and attend the Botanical Conservatory, a Fort Wayne TinCaps game, and Pokagon State Park to learn more about our culture, sports, and nature.

The Vocational Education Leadership Training Program (VELT) will bring approximately 20 to 25 presidents and vice presidents of Chinese vocational and technical institutions to the United States — 6 who will be coming to Ivy Tech–Northeast. The VELT program is financed by the Chinese government with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Education and jointly run under the supervision and administration of AACC and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). 

The focus of the VELT program is to:

  • Strengthen the leadership abilities and capabilities of Chinese college administrators;
  • Provide strategies to develop and improve market-oriented curriculum design;
  • Enhance teaching methods for Chinese vocational institutions; and
  • Develop strong relationships with local businesses.

For additional information, contact Heather Alwine Eracleous, assistant director of Marketing and Communications/Community Engagement and Special Events, at 260-480-4120 or heracleous@ivytech.edu; or John Milentis, executive director of Resource Development, at 260-480-4156 or jmilentis@ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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