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Epperson Attends Conference in Viet Nam

July 08, 2008

American delegation  

Cindy Epperson (center stage in blue) represented St. Louis
Community College, the Missouri Community College
Association and the University of Missouri St. Louis Higher
Education Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program
during a visit to Viet Nam in April.

Cindy Epperson, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Global Studies program at Meramec, is a member of the American delegation comprised of community college and university faculty and administrators. On April 24 and 25, the delegation attended the American Vietnamese Community College Conference – Case Studies and Partnerships, in Rach Gia, Viet Nam, and presented papers on topics such as assessment, the American community college model and human capital theory.

The focus of this year’s conference was the development of partnerships between American community colleges and the eleven Vietnamese community colleges. Following the conference the delegates visited community colleges in the south and north to discuss partnerships between the American and Vietnamese community colleges.

Epperson presented an honorary membership in the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) to the president of the Viet Nam Association of Community Colleges (VACC), Dr. Pham Thet Khanh, at the conference. The VACC, in turn, presented Epperson, president of MCCA, with an honorary membership in VACC.

Since their return to the United States, the members of the American delegation diligently have been working on partnerships including but not limited to:

  • American community college instructors and administrators spending one month to one semester at one or more of the 11 Vietnamese community colleges teaching conversational English
  • Mohawk Valley Community College developed a micro-loan program which will provide micro loans to Vietnamese citizens seeking start-up money for their small businesses
  • Several of the American colleges are working with individual Vietnamese community colleges to create individualized partnerships including a possible joint degree program.