|CAC Students Study at Northeastern University, Shenyang, China|
Two CAC students, Ian Cockrill and Cori Villarreal, were awarded scholarships to study in China during the spring semester of 2009. At that time Cockrill was in the Honors Program at CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus and Villarreal was studying at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus to be a pharmacist. Before leaving, Villarreal, who was doing research on Chinese traditional medicine, said “I can’t wait to get to China and learn about the culture.” Cockrill, who wanted to study some of China’s environmental issues, said “This trip will allow me to do firsthand work on my Honors project.”
The students left for Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, at the beginning March and returned the end of June. Northeastern University has partnered with Central Arizona College in a long-term faculty and student exchange program. Two Chinese students and one Chinese professor, all from NEU, came to CAC in the fall of 2009 as part of the exchange. Debbie Foster, a popular CAC professor, also traveled to NEU to teach the fall semester of that year.
In addition to their independent study projects, Cockrill and Villarreal took Chinese speaking and writing language classes, a literature class, and a cross cultural communications class. They had the opportunity to work closely with Chinese students who were studying English in the NEU College of Foreign Studies.