2009 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad at the Community College

Salt Lake Community College

Vietnam Study Abroad Program

Nomination submitted by: Sandra L. Kikuchi, Director, Salt Lake Community College

Program Overview
To complement its on-campus nursing program and equip future nurses with the necessary global skills, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) partners with Children of Peace International to send SLCC nursing students to Vietnam for two and a half weeks. Since the program’s inception in 2004, it has brought nine to twelve nursing students each year to Vietnam.

This program enables students to practice the knowledge and skills gained through their course work and gain clinical experience while learning about the culture of their Vietnamese patients. It also complements the needs of the Salt Lake City medical community, as approximately 12,000 Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, many of them Vietnamese, have made their home in the State of Utah. “For our nursing students, the disparity of heath care from country to country is a serious and sobering reality”, says Cynthia A. Bioteau, President of SLCC.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

Selection Panel Members 2009

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Stephen Dunnett
Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators

Uliana Gabara
Dean of International Education, University of Richmond and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

John Hayton
Counselor—Education, Science and Training, Australian Education International

Judy Irwin
Director, International Programs & Services, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Brian Whalen
President, The Forum on Education Abroad