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* Moroccan delegation to visit Shoreline

A group of nine government and university officials from Morocco will visit Shoreline Community College and the Seattle area Feb. 9-13.

The visit is part of a grant-funded project involving the U.S. State Department’s Higher Education for Development program (HED), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and two U.S. colleges, Shoreline and Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisc.

The Moroccan delegation includes members of the country’s parliament, several business sectors and higher education from Universite’ Mohammed I Oujda/Ecole Supeieure de Technologie (EST) in Oujda, Morocco.

The goal of the project is to establish a sustainable automotive technician training program at EST using a “train the trainer” approach. A year ago, instructional personnel from the three U.S. colleges traveled to Oujda to first assess the existing facilities and faculty and introduce U.S. diagnostic standards and training.

“This is a great opportunity to build on our relationship with Morocco,” said Susan Hoyne, Dean of Science at Shoreline. Hoyne visited Morocco in 2011 on the first leg of the project.

Now on the second leg, this group from Morocco is coming to the U.S. to see the programs at Shoreline, Gateway and Francis Tuttle. In addition, the Moroccans are scheduled to see and learn about other areas of interest including economic development, public-private partnerships on infrastructure and entrepreneurship.

In addition to a roundtable discussion and tour of Shoreline college facilities, the group is scheduled to visit the Shoreline City Hall for a presentation on economic development and government partnership with business and higher education. The group will also visit the City of Lynnwood for a presentation of public infrastructure and its support of economic development.

From Shoreline, the group will go on to Wisconsin and the Oklahoma before returning to Morocco.

Other partners in the project include Snap-on Corp., Education for Employment ,Washington D.C.; Business Educational Partnership Group, Oklahoma City; and the Association for Career and Technical Education, Alexandria, VA.

SCC/Jim Hills

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