Davidson County Community College to Host French Educator, Lecturer Dr. Olivier Peyre

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 June 12, 2014 – Davidson County Community College will host Dr. Olivier Peyre of Bordeaux, France for a lecture on “The European Union, Achievements and Challenges Ahead” June 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Mary L. Briggs Technology Building, videoconference room 103, on the Davidson Campus in Thomasville. The lecture, part of the college’s international Passport events series, is open to the public and will also be streamed to the Davie Campus in Mocksville. 

Peyre will discuss whether the European Union has been successful in promoting democracy, a high standard of living and global governance. He will address challenges and internal threats facing the EU and compare the EU to the United States. The presentation will encompass political and economical, as well as global stakes, as European affairs affect other parts of the world.

The speaker has been affiliated with DCCC’s “French Connection” with students at the Lycee Bremontier Technical College in Bordeaux since its inception in 2008. Each year, the International Business class at DCCC participates in live videoconferences with students at the French institution. Students from both schools meet virtually three times during the semester to discuss relevant business-related topics. Peyre is international project manager and a member of the business faculty at LBTC.

“We’re delighted to host Olivier at DCCC,” says Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education at DCCC. “We’ve had a long virtual partnership, but it’s always wonderful to spend time with our international partners face to face. Not everyone can travel abroad, and this is a great way to ‘bring the world’ to DCCC.”

LaVenture notes the college has recently entered into a new partnership with LBTC and other European colleges through a Strategic Partnership Project grant submitted by the French school. DCCC is the only non-European partner.

Students and faculty members at the colleges will team to design two modules and deliver instruction to students on two or more of the following topics: entrepreneurship, economics, marketing, labor law and cross-cultural management. DCCC and LBTC are partnering to develop the labor law module. DCCC will also work with schools in Finland and Latvia to develop a cross-cultural management module. Other partners include colleges in England, Ireland, Romania, Turkey and possibly Spain and Estonia.

“Grant funding of approximately $12,500 will be awarded to DCCC and to each of the other partners for developing the modules, participating in professional development and designing the production of the intellectual outputs,” LaVenture explains. “Fifty to 60 DCCC students will enroll in one of the modules during the three-year grant period.”

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.