Partnerships Forged Between Chinese Vocational Technical Colleges and U.S. Community Colleges who Confer Baccalaureate Degrees
The 2014 China-U.S. Vocational Education Forum was held in Dalian, China in late August. The American delegation, led by Beth Hagan, Executive Director, Community College Baccalaureate Association included Dennis Harkins, Orange Coast College; Patricia Hsieh, San Diego Miramar College; Kevin Konecny, Seminole State College; Maria Lehocsky, Polk State College; Holly Moore, South Seattle College; Cindy Walker, Columbia Basin College, Jim Yu, Miami Dade College, Roberta Teahen, Ferris State University; Ron Baker, Baker Consulting; Virginia Tomlinson, Columbia Basin College and Chris Weber, Northwestern Michigan College.
The Forum was sponsored by the National Association of Vocational Education of China, The Beocheng Education Group (BEG) and the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA).
Speakers and presenters included Mr. Li Chong-An, Vice Board Chairman of the National Association of Vocational Education of China (NAVEC); Mr. Shang Li, Director, Ministry of Education of China; Mr. Huang Fu-Shun, Taiwan Adult and Lifelong Learning Education Association Board President; Mr. Wang Jian, Deputy Director of the Provincial Department of Education and Ms. Zhang Rong-Ming, Vice Board Chairman of NAVEC.
There are approximately 1,000 technical colleges throughout China. They confer degrees that are similar to U.S. associate degrees in workforce-related disciplines. Programs include an internship and take three years to complete. More than 350 representatives from approximately 100 Chinese Vocational Technical Colleges attended the forum to learn more about possible partnerships between their institutions and baccalaureate conferring U.S. community and technical colleges.
Thirty-four Chinese colleges have now signed or intend to sign MOUs to create articulation agreements with baccalaureate conferring community colleges. These will enable cohorts of Chinese students to begin their education in China, obtain their first degree and then complete the final year of their baccalaureate degree program in the United States. The program is titled, “3 + .5 + 1” with the “.5” representing general education, language training and some key courses being delivered in China.
The program is coordinated by Dr. Shanghu Lu, President of the Beocheng Education Group and the affiliated Dalian Huamei International Economic and Cultural Exchange Center (DHIEC) with Dr. Paul Pai, who has held leadership positions in U.S. community colleges for thirty years. The U.S. coordinator is the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) whose Chairman of the Board of Directors is Dr. David Ross, President, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
Some of the programs currently being reviewed include BAS in Supervision and Management; BAS in Health Services Administration; BS in Construction Management; BS in Information Systems Management; BS in Aviation Management; BS in Marine Technology; BAT in Technology Management; BAS in Applied Management and BAS in Hospitality Management.
For additional information contact: Beth Hagan, Ph.D., CCBA, 239-947-8085 or BHagan7@aol.com. CCBA is an affiliate council of AACC.