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Annual Report of the National Center for Business Champions
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Business Champions Annual Report 2011

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In 2011, Business Champions established the US-Brazil Connect Initiative with the intention of bringing communities in the U.S. and Brazil together to put ideas into action. We are passionate about developing practical strategies that help people in the United States understand and engage with Brazil and are focusing on  three priority areas for impact:
 

1. Engaging a new generation of Americans in life-changing opportunities in Brazil.

2. Building community college capacity to bring communities in the U.S. and Brazil together for education, culture, and economic opportunity.


3. Building networks and partnerships to support greater knowledge of Brazil in the United States.
 

 

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Our Leadership

Mary Gershwin, President

 

Board of Directors Business Champions (2011)

Cindy Ehnes, President and CEO, California Hospital Association
Susan Lawson, Licensed Therapist
Shelley Wood, President, Wood Consulting
Adriana Lisboa, Novelist

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John Buechner, President Emeritus, University of Colorado

Dan Phelan, President, Jackson Community College

Michele Haney, President, Red Rocks Community College
Adriana Lisboa, Novelist

Mary Spangler, Chancellor, Houston Community College

 

 
 

 

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Help the US-Brazil Connect initiative continue to grow!

Help the US-Brazil Connect initiative continue to grow! | Business Champions and US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

 

 


• Tell one new person about US-Brazil Connect this year.
• Join us as a volunteer to connect with Brazil.
• Consider a first-time financial gift in your giving this year. 

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Planning for US-Brazil Partnership for Skills

Planning for US-Brazil Partnership for Skills | Business Champions and US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

In 2011, we met with leading organizations in Brazil to explore opportunities to work together to expand opportunity and strengthen education in Brazil and the United States.  
These meetings resulted in development of a partnership with the the Brazilian Confederation of Industry and its education units of SESI and SENAI.  


The Partnership will improve the English skills of 200 Brazilian technical students in high school. It will also create opportunities for U.S. community college students interested in science and technology careers to participate in intensive study and immersion in Brazil and develop the foundation for mutually-beneficial cooperation between community colleges in the U.S. and SENAI/SESI schools in Brazil.

 

Overall Goals: The US-Brazil Internship Initiative for Skills and Opportunity will demonstrate a scalable model that

• strengthens English for low-income students in Brazil, particularly those entering technical careers;

• provides a high quality internship experience in Brazil for outstanding US community college students;

• builds the foundation for a replicable, sustainable and productive US-Brazil workforce partnership between the Brazilian technical education system of SENAI and SESI and community colleges in the United States.


Partners:
The US-Brazil Partnership for Skills brings together:
The Brazilian Confederation of Industry (CNI) is one of the largest trade associations in the world, with affiliate organizations in 26 states and the Federal District in Brazil. The SESI and SENAI education programs of CNIl serve 3 million students annually.

Three leading US Community Colleges: Houston Community College- 75,000 students in Texas; Red Rocks Community College- 14,000 students in Colorado; and Jackson Community College- 10,000 students in Michigan.

The Internship Program: From pilot to large scale impact
Based on planning in 2011, we will pilot the internship program in June 2012, sending 20 community college participants to Brazil for a 4 week internship. Based on a strong pilot, the Confederation of Industry wants to expand to receive up to 1000 interns from the US in its schools across Brazil.

• CNI is funding lodging, food and local transport in the Brazil for the US participants for 4 weeks in Brazil. CNI will also select outstanding Brazilian students for short term travel to the US.

• US community colleges are developing coursework to prepare students for internships.

• US-Brazil Connect is building capacity to support and expand exchange with Brazil.

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Three Leading Community Colleges Shape US-Brazil Connect

In 2011, three leading U.S. community colleges became founding members of the US-Brazil Connect initiative at Business Champions. 

Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States, with 70,000 students each semester and 8,000 international students-- more than any community college in the country. HCC has a successful, long-term partnership with Viet Nam and Saigon Tech, where students earn HCC degrees in Business, Computer Science, and Information Science Technology.

Jackson Community College, Jackson, Michigan serves more than 11,000 students annually and provides a “complete college experience” with state-of-the art facilities, high demand programs, on-campus apartment-style housing and more sports teams than any other community college in the State, on a safe, scenic rural campus.


Red Rocks Community College has delivered a quality education to an eclectic mix of students of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds since 1969. With 14,000 annual students, RRCC offers more than 150 programs and 650 courses leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates.

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Our greatest assets are partnerships, collaboration, a clear vision for change, and an unstoppable drive to make a difference.

Our greatest assets are partnerships, collaboration, a clear vision for change, and an unstoppable drive to make a difference. | Business Champions and US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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