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DCCC Dean Travels to Ireland on Study Abroad ‘Preview’

Nov. 18, 2013 – With its lush, green countryside and rich history, a trip to Ireland proved to be an exhilarating and educational experience for Christy Forrest, dean of the School of Foundational Studies and Academic Support at Davidson County Community College.

Forrest visited the “Emerald Isle” as part of a unique opportunity to travel and explore the country in hopes of bringing the same experience to students at DCCC. Funded almost entirely by the Irish Tourism Board, the trip was hosted by the Institute for Study Abroad Ireland, a program that seeks to give international educators interested in study abroad programs for their institutions a chance to experience the same type of trip as students.

Forrest’s experience in Ireland began and ended in Dublin, giving her and other educators the opportunity to see many of the same places and stay in the same accommodations as students would during a study abroad trip.

“Through this unique educational program, I was able to gain an experience in Ireland much like what students would have,” says Forrest. “The trip focused a great deal on Irish history, literature and culture, and even gave me many opportunities to interact and learn from the locals.”

The goal, according to Forrest, was to explore the possibility of an Ireland study abroad opportunity for DCCC students.

“Having a study abroad program in Ireland would bring endless opportunities for our students in terms of learning and experiencing the world around them,” Forrest says. “Not only would students acquire a great deal of education, but our campus would benefit from the knowledge they bring back to share with others.”  

DCC currently offers study abroad opportunities in China, Peru and Spain, and offers additional trips and travel opportunities to New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, France and Japan.

*Editor’s Note: Pictured are the group of educators who took part in the Institute for Study Abroad Ireland in front of the Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim, Ireland. From left to right are Julia Rodgers, Aaron Gorenc, Chris Sulincevski, Christy Forrest, Donna Mancini and Kim Simpson with John O’Connell, owner of the hotel where the group stayed.

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 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It 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 https://www.davidsonccc.edu.

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