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DCCC welcomes new Fulbright scholars, international students

Group of seven international students pose with International Education Director Suzanne LaVenture.

DCCC international students (pictured left to right) Asma Oueslati, Linda Chaaben, Wael Youssfi, Rita Donnellan, Nico Dresschaluck, Dhia Salaoui, Dena Youssef and International Education Director Suzanne LaVenture pose on the courtyard of Davidson County Community College. DCCC hosted these international students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

September 13, 2018 – Davidson County Community College opens its doors yet again to the world. The campus welcomes seven international students and scholars from four different countries for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Four international students traveled to Davidson County from Tunisia. The students are a part of the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP) sponsored through the U.S. Department of State’s Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program.

“We are all here to rise up in this world and make it a better world,” TCCCSP student Dhia Salaoui said. “I didn’t expect to be surrounded by individuals from different cultures: I met Asian people, Hispanic people, African people, Americans, English. It’s been so great to meet all these people in a small town like this.”

The TCCSP builds the workforce and leadership skills of a diverse group of young technical institute students from across Tunisia. Through U.S.-based training, practical professional experience, community engagement and service learning, Tunisian youth gain the skills needed to contribute to economic and social development in Tunisia.

DCCC will also host a German student through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program. The German Bundestag and U.S. Congress funds this fellowship program that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s country, studying and interning.

Two Fulbright scholars will represent their homes of Egypt and Ireland. The two Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) will be teaching language courses in Arabic and Irish.

“I wanted to share not only my language, but the ideals and culture of Ireland,” Irish Fulbright FLTA Rita Donnellan said. “There are so many people in this state with Irish ancestry and they don’t even know about their heritage. Bringing awareness of that in the DCCC community would be fantastic.”

This will be DCCC’s seventh year hosting Fulbright FLTAs.

“I’m excited to share what I love about my country and home while experiencing how other people live in different places,” Donnellan said.

The Irish and Arabic language continuing education courses can be found at DavidsonCCC.edu/ce under the personal enrichment icon. Courses are open to the public.

About Davidson County Community College

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.

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