International Education Day

International Education Day at the Colorado State CapitolThe Arapahoe Community College, along with several higher education institutions, participated in the International Education Day on February 13th at the Colorado State Capitol. Sponsored by StudyColorado, an initiative partnered with over twenty colleges in the state that is designed to promote Colorado as a higher education destination, this event was the first of its kind in Denver. We had a very productive conversation with legislators about the significant economic and cultural contributions of international education to our state. There are nearly 12,000 international students enrolled in our colleges and universities, and they bring about $460 million annually to the Colorado economy, averaging to $38,333 per student. Lucy Daberkow at the CapitolLucy Daberkow, International Recruitment & Retention Specialist, had this to say about the experience: “What a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of international education in our state. The state legislators present during the event gave a standing ovation to the international students representing their colleges and universities and thanked them for choosing Colorado as their study destination.”

 

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Student Recruitment and Retention Specialist

ACC Welcomes New Group of International Students

Arapahoe Community College is proud to welcome its newest group of international students on campus! Students from China, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe joined us for international student orientation and are ready to start their semester at ACC. They are part of an impressive and diverse group of international students on campus who are eager to Move Mountains. International students bring a unique perspective to our campus and in the process enhance our understanding of other cultures and global educational systems.
ACC International Students 2019
Our international students are already feeling part of the ACC community. Yao Zheng, a new student from China, had this to say about her experiences on campus: “I used to study in a language center with a partnership with ACC. When my teacher recommended ACC to me and my friends as the future college, I hadn’t realized how amazing this college is. After I met the international student advisor, I decided to study in this college because I know it’s going to be the great college of my next two years. And I came to ACC several times for visiting and getting information, the employees here are so helpful and nice.”

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Student Recruitment and Retention Specialist

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy Daberkow, attends 2018 NAFSA Conference

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy DaberkowIn our ongoing efforts for internationalization, Lucy Daberkow represented Arapahoe Community College (ACC) at the annual NAFSA conference in Philadelphia, PA. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. This conference is the premier event for international educators and presents an opportunity to learn about the latest information in a variety of topics such as immigration policies, marketing and recruiting on a global scale, and how to develop more interculturally-competent educators.

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” and according to NAFSA, “highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities.” Some of the most noteworthy speakers presented workshops such as “Expanding your Toolkit for Intercultural Development”, “Building a Successful International Peer Mentor Program”, and “Using Cultural Analysis for Predicting and Handling Cross Cultural Misunderstanding.” In addition, one very well-received event included a presentation by renowned scientist and TV personality, Bill Nye. His presentation focused on the importance of science and technology in education, as well as the need for a more comprehensive space-exploration program and increased efforts to combat our changing climate.

The conference attracted thousands of participants from around the globe and presented an excellent learning and networking opportunity, which undoubtedly serves to increase ACC’s standing in the international educational arena.

We encourage international students who would like to study at an American college to apply to ACC. We offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs with options to transfer to a variety of four-year universities throughout the state of Colorado and beyond. We have small class sizes, welcoming faculty, a safe college environment, and accessible public transportation. If you are an international transfer student in the US, our application deadline is July 15. For more information on our school and the international application process visit arapahoe.edu/international-students or call 303.797.5904 to schedule an appointment.

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist