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SUNY Consortium, MCC Pursue Educational Initiative in Lebanon

A SUNY Community College Consortium, including Monroe Community College, Nassau Community College, North Country Community College and Onondaga Community College, has been awarded a $60,000 proposal development grant to partner with Al-Kafaàt EUROPA School of Technology in Lebanon. The initiative will create a proposal for a three-year partnership to strengthen the capacity of the Al-Kafaàt EUROPA School through the promotion of entrepreneurship. 

One of just six project plans chosen to participate, the SUNY Community College Consortium will establish an A.S. degree in business administration. The partnership could also involve creating online or hybrid courses, establishing faculty and student exchange programs and developing team teaching opportunities. Char Downing, Curriculum and Program Development, John Striebich, Business Administration/Economics, and Wadiha Haddad, Mathematics, are representing MCC within the consortium and contributing to the proposal development process.

“To prepare students to be world citizens – to help them acquire a global perspective, that’s integral to our mission as community colleges,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress, Ph.D. “Our involvement in this initiative will lead to faculty and student exchange opportunities that will help our business graduates compete in the global marketplace.”   

The grant has been awarded through Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) - U.S. Community College Entrepreneurship Proposal Development Grants competition. This joint initiative is a response to recent administration development goals for the BMENA region.

Kimberley Collins, Academic Services
Jeff Bartkovich, Educational Technology Services