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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Orange Coast College, along with University of California, Irvine; The Claremont Colleges; Loyola Marymount; Cal Poly Pomona and Irvine Valley College, hosted the second half of the EducationUSA Training Institute which took place February 3-7.

This group of campuses was selected to provide the training over the proposals of many other campus groups throughout the country. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. These centers help inform students about options in U.S. higher education.

The trainees are based in diverse countries like Uzbekistan, China, Mexico, Turkey and Guatemala. They came to OCC on the afternoon February 4, including lunch in OCC’s Arts Pavilion, a tour of the campus, a training session and dinner at the OCC School for Sailing and Seamanship. The meals were provided by OCC catering.

Kristin Clark, Vice President of Student Services; Madjid Niroumand, Dean of Enrollment Services; Nathan Jensen, Director of the International Center; and President Dennis Harkins played host to the group and assisted with the training.

Andreea Serban, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Coast District, also greeted the group. Jensen was also involved in several other presentations throughout the week that took place on the other campuses.

The trainees reported that they had a very good experience with the training overall and were impressed with OCC in particular and would feel good about referring students to study at Coast, Jenson said. When asked about the training, many of them cited understanding of community colleges as an important outcome of their time in the U.S.

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