Mexican Education Officials to visit South Central College Thursday

(March 4, 2015) South Central College (SCC) will host officials from nine institutions of higher education from throughout Mexico on Thursday afternoon, March 5, 2015. The SCC visit is part of a four day tour of higher education institutions throughout the state hosted by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.

MnSCU invited the delegates to Minnesota through the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Mexican government. The Mexican government wants to increase the number of Mexican students studying in the U.S. from 14,000 today to 100,000 Mexican students by 2018, a move that officials say would help both countries. 

“We believe this will provide a great opportunity for South Central College and other MnSCU colleges and universities to increase the number of Mexican born students studying at our institutions,” said South Central College President Annette Parker. “We have found that having a diverse student population enriches the education experience for all our students and we are looking forward to pursuing this new opportunity.”

The Mexican delegation expressed a specific interest in learning more about South Central College’s agriculture, manufacturing and culinary programs, so these will be areas of focus during this visit.

“100,000 Strong Americas” is an initiative of the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research, which was launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last year. The goal of the bilateral forum is to expand economic opportunities for U.S. and Mexican citizens, develop a shared vision on educational cooperation, and boost student mobility and academic exchanges between the two countries. In addition to increasing the number of Mexican students studying in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2018, the plan also includes increasing the number of U.S. students going to Mexico to 50,000 from the current 4,100.

South Central College (SCC) is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. SCC has more than 50 technical career and professional programs, with a variety of Certificate and Associate degree options. The college also offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum that enables learners to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SCC before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. SCC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.