Mid Michigan College serves international students from around the world each year as they pursue American college degrees, and also provides international learning opportunities for all Mid students through student exchanges and study abroad trips.
“The diversity international students represent on campus and the diverse perspectives they bring to the classroom are important to the culture and learning experience at Mid. By offering student exchange and study abroad opportunities, Mid encourages all students to immerse themselves in culturally diverse locations across the globe,” noted Christine Hammond, President of Mid Michigan College.
Two recent efforts illustrate the importance of recruiting international students and providing international learning experiences.
Trip to India Expands Range of International Learning Opportunities
In July of 2019, President Hammond was selected as one of eight community college leaders from across the Nation to participate in the India Immersion Program. The purpose of the program was to encourage U.S. educators to consider international study programs and to foster relationships between entrepreneurs in India and those in the United States.
“This trip was enlightening and expanded the range of international learning opportunities we will consider offering to Mid students,” noted Hammond. “A total of three trips to India took place, and on my particular trip I was proud to be the only attendee from Michigan. Being able to share the knowledge gained from this experience with our students and community members here in Michigan is an honor.”
< President Hammond learns about tea processing at the Connemara Tea Plantation and Factory.
The India Immersion Program was funded by a partnership between the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs (NACCE) and the Manodharma Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating and promoting robust and sustainable partnerships between higher education institutions in the United States and India.
Mid Michigan College became a member of NACCE in 2017, and positive outcomes, like this trip and the Verizon STEM Camp for middle school girls offered on Mid’s Harrison Campus, have resulted from the networking opportunities and resources provided through the association.
International Program Coordinator Joins Mid TeamTo support international students and develop more robust international partnerships, Mid has welcomed a new team member, Jillian Moomaw, to fill the position of International Program Coordinator.
Originally from northeast Ohio, Moomaw grew up with an interest for travel and it was during her time in South Korea, where she studied abroad for a year, that she decided she wanted to be an international student advisor.
After beginning her studies at a community college, she completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Akron in Business and Organizational Communication. She then completed her master’s degree and specialized in international higher education. She completed her graduate degree capstone on international students’ usage of campus counseling centers in the United States.
“My career choices took me across the United States, and I gained a lot of experience, but missed the community college atmosphere. When I became aware of the opportunity to work in international student advising at Mid I jumped at the chance,” noted Moomaw. “I’m so excited to be at Mid Michigan College and back in the community college world I love so much.”
“Jillian’s passion for helping international students and increasing cross-cultural interactions for both international and American students in the classroom is energizing. We’re excited to welcome her to the Mid team,” shared Christine Hammond, President of Mid Michigan College.