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Dispatches from the Front (No. 5) | US-Brazil Connect

Dispatches from the Front (No. 5) | US-Brazil Connect | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

We are now two weeks into our month long project in Brazil.  Teams from US community colleges are teaching English to Brazilian kids and learning about Brazil. This link is a post from Mort Cohn...

 Then, we have music in the auditorium. These gatherings are going really well. Great singers are appearing out of nowhere. I learned just yesterday that Skye Miller can belt it out like a pro—and she harmonized beautifully with Jessica Sweet (a fine voice among our students). Talma, this towering teddy bear of a student I’m friendly with, got up and did a great rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a Wonderful World” and he even threw in a little impersonation of Satchmo before leaving the stage. One of my students pointed out that he was shaking when he was done, as it was his first-ever performance. I am so proud of him for overcoming his fears.

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US Brasil Connect First Day of Class in Salvador, Bahia

A preview of what it was like the first day of class.
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Jackson Community College students participating in U.S.-Brazil Connect Internship Program

Jackson Community College students participating in U.S.-Brazil Connect Internship Program | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

He’s a 20-year-old Jackson Community College sophomore, but David Gonzalez says he’s been following the Brazilian economy for a long time.
In June, he’ll get to experience it first-hand when he and three other JCC students spend a month in Salvador, Brazil, in the college’s first U.S.-Brazil Connect Internship Program.


“I think it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty ecstatic about this,” said Gonzalez, of Jackson, who’s the first person in his family to attend college. “We all jumped at this opportunity.”


Also making the trip are Tyiana Atkins, 20, of Jackson; Lauren Prebenda, 21, of Napoleon; and Melinda Severance, 18, of Litchfield. They were chosen from a slate of 12 high-achieving students who applied for the program.

Todd Butler, JCC’s dean of arts and sciences commented, “This is giving us a foothold to ramp up our international programs.  A global focus didn’t used to be part of community colleges, but it is now because a lot of jobs today have a global focus.”

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U.S. colleges, Brazil partner on building workforce skills

U.S. colleges, Brazil partner on building workforce skills | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

U.S. colleges, Brazil partner on building workforce skills
By Times Staff, Published March 16, 2012

 

A new partnership between three U.S. community colleges and Brazilian organizations is designed to broaden technical skills and international experience for students from both countries.

The US-Brazil Partnership for Skills—co-created by US-Brazil Connect, the National Industrial Apprenticeship Service of Brazil (SENAI) and the Social Service for Industry of Brazil (SESI)—aims to 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 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.

“We are creating a strong network of people and institutions for knowledge and culture, bringing young people in both countries together to develop their skills and to increase dialogue between our institutions,” said Sergio Moreira, deputy director for education and technology at Brazil's National Confederation of Industries. “The two countries will benefit equally. Our aim is to reach all Brazilian states, starting with the participants in the basic and vocational education programs run by SESI and SENAI.”

Ready for the exchange

Houston Community College (HCC) in Texas, Jackson Community College in Michigan and Red Rocks Community College in Colorado—founding members of the US-Brazil Connect consortium—have selected the first group of two-year college students who will travel to Salvador, Brazil, for a four-week exchange in June.

“We are seeing the U.S. community college evolving as an active and respected player in the global arena, exporting the flexibility and adaptability of the American community college model abroad while helping to deliver education as the new diplomacy,” said Mary Spangler, HCC chancellor and US-Brazil Connect board member. “Through this experience in Salvador, Brazil, students will come to see in real-life terms how truly small and connected our world is."

The 20 U.S. students will tutor Brazilian technical students in English and participate in an intensive program focused on Brazil’s sustainability technology and innovation.

“Focusing on our common need to develop science, technology, engineering and math education in both countries, our work will help students thrive in an interconnected world,” said Mary Gershwin, president of US-Brazil Connect.

The program is designed to make international experience accessible, according to organizers. Selected community college students will pay less than five percent of the total costs of the program.

Following the month-long fellowship in Salvador, selected Brazilians will then have the opportunity to visit U.S. colleges.

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Students from SESI School Invite US Community College Students to Apply for US Brazil Connect

Students from SESI School Invite US Community College Students to Apply for US Brazil Connect | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

Listen to students from Salvador inviting US community college students from Houston, Denver, and Michigan to get involved.

 

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Jackson Community College students invited to apply for Brazil internship program

Jackson Community College students invited to apply for Brazil internship program | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

Students invited to apply for Brazil internship program
Jackson Community College is accepting applications for the first group of outstanding community college students who will travel to Salvador, Brazil for a four-week sponsored internship in June 2012. The program creates life-changing opportunities for U.S. community college students to participate in intensive internships in Brazil.

JCC is one of three U.S. community colleges selected for program. Developed in partnership with US-Brazil Connect and Brazilian industry and education, selected interns will teach conversational English to Brazilian technical students, participate in an intensive program focused on Brazil’s rise and critical issues of sustainability, technology, and innovation, and help to build a movement for mutually beneficial exchange between community colleges in the U.S. and technical schools in Brazil.

To learn more or apply for this opportunity, visit the web page here . Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.

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US-Brazil Connect- Are You a Good Fit for the US Brazil Connect Internship?

US-Brazil Connect- Are You a Good Fit for the US Brazil Connect Internship? | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

Are you a good fit for this internship program?

We are looking for students who will work on a team to help make the first year of the US-BRASIL Connect an extraordinary success. Top test scores are not as important as the following...


Principled- You possess clarity of purpose and a steady moral center. You demonstrate an authentic commitment to serve a purpose or goal larger than yourself and a contagious enthusiasm that inspires others to do the same.


Passionate- you are able to envision a goal or outcome and work toward it with intensity and excitement.


Team-oriented- you are able to focus on the goal of the team, collaborate effectively with other team members, and devote the effort necessary to achieve team success. You are willing to help other team members when needed and appropriate


Open- you are willing to share information, perceptions and feedback openly.


Resourceful-you are flexible, adaptable, and ready to make the most of whatever challenges come your way. When met with unexpected obstacles, you will invariably find a way to forge ahead. You have a demonstrated ability to see opportunities for change and innovation, and are inventive in pursuing these opportunities even in cases where resources or guidance is scarce.


Curious- you are receptive to and hungry for new ideas, perspectives, and experiences, and continuously develop new and more refined questions for exploration. Your curiosity is reflected in the way you communicate and in your ongoing quest to learn more about yourself and the world.


Idealistic- you believe that a better world is possible and seek to understand what role you can play in contributing to positive change. They are prepared to challenge cynicism to pursue ambitious goals, and are eager to do their part wherever possible.

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let the great world spin. | US-Brazil Connect

let the great world spin. | US-Brazil Connect | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

“He let the pieces of napkin flutter to the floor and said something strange about words being good for saying what things are, but sometimes they don’t function for what things aren’t.”

-Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

Here are some words for what things are:

My experience in Brazil began as I boarded a small plane out of Sao Paulo, where I drifted through the aisle deliriously and realized that every single person around me was gorgeous.....

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Making the most of your time in Brazil | US-Brazil Connect

Making the most of your time in Brazil | US-Brazil Connect | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

Friends of US-Brazil Connect give advice to the Community College Fellows about how to make the most of their time in Bahia, Brazil

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HCC and Brazil announce partnership to build workforce : Media Room

“Today, we are seeing the US community college evolving as an active and respected player in the global arena, exporting the flexibility and adaptability of the American community college model abroad, while helping to deliver education as the new diplomacy,” says Mary Spangler, Chancellor of Houston Community College and US-Brazil Connect board member. “Through this experience in Salvador, Brazil, students will come to see in real-life terms how truly small and connected our world is.”
Houston Community College (TX), Jackson Community College (MI), and Red Rocks Community College (CO), founding members of the US-Brazil Connect consortium, have selected the first group of outstanding community college students who will travel to Salvador, Brazil, for a four-week exchange in June 2012. This first cohort of twenty US participants will tutor 200 Brazilian technical students in English and participate in an intensive program focused on Brazil’s sustainability, technology and innovation. The program is designed to make the international experience accessible: selected community college students pay less than five percent of the total costs of the program.

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US-Brazil Partnership for Skills

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In 2011, we conducted planning to launch the US-Brazil Partnership for Skills and Opportunity
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 CNI  serving more than 2 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- 9,000 students in Michigan.

The Internship Program: From pilot to large scale impact
This year we will pilot an internship program, 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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Red Rocks Community College Invites Students to Apply for US-Brazil Connect Internship

Red Rocks Community College Invites Students to Apply for US-Brazil Connect Internship | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it
 US-BRASIL Connect Internship Program

Red Rocks Community College is looking for students who have the drive and desire to thrive in an international experience and who are committed to helping build the US-BRASIL Connect movement for future community college participants.

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Houston Community College opens US-Brazil Connect Program to Top Students

Houston Community College opens US-Brazil Connect Program to Top Students | US-Brazil Connect | Scoop.it

Houston Community College invites you to apply to the US-Brazil Connect Internship Program.
Houston Community College students with an interest in Sustainability, Science, Technical Careers, Innovation, and Engineering with an international perspective, and a willingness to build connections with Brazil should apply.

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