State Center Community College District is committed to student learning and student success, while providing accessible, high quality, innovative educational programs and student support services to our diverse community by offering associate degrees, university transfer courses and career technical programs that meet the academic and workforce needs of the San Joaquin Valley and cultivate an educationally prepared citizenry. Since 1989, the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) has successfully hosted and managed the nationally-recognized, award-winning Export Center Program, also known as Fresno’s Center for International Trade Development (CITD).
Since 2003, Fresno’s CITD has provided more than $109,000 in funding to 58 faculty members for projects and continuing education to enrich SCCCD’s curriculum with international content, as well as the development of student cultural awareness in preparation for a global economy.
International Internship Program:
Fresno CITD initiated and implemented a program that trained and mentored more than 300 interns from Fresno City College; Reedley College; Willow International; California State University, Fresno; Fresno Pacific University and University of Oregon. After having served in an internship role, all program interns have been placed in work positions worldwide for companies such as PeopleSoft, Citicorp and Sun-Maid China.
Virtual Office of International Education (VOIE):
The VOIE extends and enhances the global awareness and global competency of faculty, students and the citizenry of the greater San Joaquin Valley by reorganizing and consolidating the education and training programs and services of SCCCD’s international programs. The needs of SCCCD for sustainable curricula and a faculty that keeps abreast of a rapidly changing world will be met by providing college faculty with international education and training programs and by the faculty infusing international content into their courses. VOIE is a resource for:
- International students
- Students wishing to study abroad
- Faculty members interested in international professional development
The VOIE works with faculty members and colleges to internationalize courses, programs, and curricula. The Center manages university partnerships with institutions abroad as well as maintains a small library for those interested in international travel or collaboration. It works closely with district offices and national organizations with which the college is affiliated – the Center of International Trade Development, Community Colleges for International Development, and the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators.
Bridges Gaps in Services to Education & Training:
Fresno’s CITD identifies and fills gaps in services to education and training providers including coordination between secondary school, college and university faculty in international education, professional development for instructors who are internationalizing curricula, and research on appropriate internationally-themed course materials.
Established Partner Networks:
Fresno’s CITD has a well-established network of more than 100 partnerships with local, state, federal businesses and government agencies. Additionally, the Fresno’s CITD has close working relationships with international service and educational organization partners, including other statewide EWDP initiatives, to assess the needs of businesses in the region and support for the economic development activities within the California community colleges system.
Execution of Focus Groups:
Fresno’s CITD facilitates regional and statewide focus groups with industry and business leaders to ascertain international “needs” that are then shared with local and state agencies, as well as SCCCD.
State Center Community College District (SCCCD) was formed in 1964 and currently serves approximately 1.7 million people and 22 unified and high school districts in more than 5,500 square miles of urban and rural territory, including most of Fresno and Madera Counties and portions of Kings and Tulare Counties. Total district enrollment averages over 50,000 students each semester. Its mission is committed to empowering our colleges in their efforts to promote exemplary educational opportunities and to provide safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments leading to student success and global competitiveness which will transform our region. For more information on SCCCD, go to www.scccd.edu.
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