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Champlain College creates a study-abroad campus in Montreal


first_imgChamplain College has leased property on Rue Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec, to operate a study-abroad campus in the heart of the city. Starting in Fall 2007, students can choose to spend a full academic semester in Montreal taking Champlain College courses.Champlain’s campus is believed to be the first American campus in Montreal. Ten Champlain College courses will be offered there this fall–the same courses that are offered on campus in Burlington. Students will pay the same tuition and residence hall rates as they would in Vermont.Study-abroad applications for fall have been streaming in and the College is now working with an architect to renovate the brownstone building that will house Champlain’s academic center. The College also contracted with L’Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on Rue St. Urbain. This is a francophone university that offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with students from Quebec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries.”With our new campus in Montreal, Champlain students can make the most of the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that are available in that major metropolitan center,” said Champlain College president David F. Finney. “The Montreal campus is another way for our students to internationalize their educational experience.” In addition to study-abroad programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India.Home to 1.5 million people, Montreal is one of the largest French-speaking metropolitan areas in the world. It is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec.Champlain College courses offered in Montreal include: Modern Canadian Social History, Creativity and Conceptual Development, Critical Thinking, Practical Game Design, Animating Characters in 3-D, Game Development Senior Team Project, Social Responsibility in Media, Conversational French, and a required Quebec cultural immersion course.Nearly 30 students are expected to spend the fall 2007 semester in Montreal. In the future, students from other colleges will be able to apply to study at Champlain College in Montreal.The Montreal campus is open to students in all academic programs. Students in Champlain’s Electronic Game and Interactive Development and Multimedia and Graphic Design programs may be particularly attracted to the experience since Montreal is one of “gaming’s global hot spots,” according to WIRED Magazine. Quebec is home to more than 50 electronic game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and Electronic Arts.Students in Champlain’s Business programs can study in a province that is among Vermont’s most important trading partners. In 2005, Vermont exported nearly $1.7 billion in goods and services to Quebec, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all the state’s exports to Canada – Vermont’s largest trading partner. In addition, Vermont was the eighth largest exporter of goods worldwide into Québec in 2005.last_img read more


Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford College


first_img March 04, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf is visiting Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University today to discuss how his innovative Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would help at least 25,000 students in the state’s university system achieve their dream of earning a college degree while graduating with less debt and building lives in Pennsylvania. The visits are part of the governor’s tour of all 14 state-owned universities.“There is a student loan debt crisis across our country. It’s a burden on young people and their families that can last for years and holds them back,” said Governor Wolf. “The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program will help young people to build lives in our communities rather than struggling to pay student loan bills every month.“The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program fills the gap after other aid programs so thousands of students can afford college at our world-class state system. With less college debt, graduates can buy a car and a home, start a family and save for retirement. The program also strengthens our 14 public universities and creates a talented labor force that Pennsylvania needs to thrive.”The Nellie Bly Scholarship is a needs-based, last-dollar-in program. The scholarship would apply after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to enroll in one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities.To be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a PASSHE undergraduate program and qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to live in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves the state early, they must repay the money. The program will be funded by repurposing revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund annually.“We are very thankful to Governor Wolf for his support of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” said Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Ph.D. “His proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would enhance Kutztown University’s mission of providing a high-quality education to students with financial constraints by allowing them to graduate on time and with less debt. It also provides incentives to remain in the commonwealth upon graduation and, like so many other KU and State System graduates, contribute to our workforce and communities.”The governor will visit East Stroudsburg University later today to talk with students and university leaders about the need for the scholarship program.“At East Stroudsburg University, our number one priority is student success,” said ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “However, the students’ path to achieving academic goals is often riddled with challenges, particularly financial. We, as an institution, have been listening to their struggles and are working very hard to increase the number of scholarships we offer each year to ease the financial burden. Governor Wolf’s proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would certainly enhance our efforts and help students across the Commonwealth to achieve personal success that will ultimately benefit Pennsylvania and the vital workforce produced by our State System institutions.”The scholarship is named in honor of Nellie Bly, an Armstrong County native born in 1864. Bly attended the Indiana Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but left due to the cost. Bly became a pioneering journalist who helped to force reforms to the mental health care system in the early 20th century.Nearly a century later, higher education remains too expensive for many low-income and middle-class families. The student loan debt for Pennsylvania residents is $68 billion, among the highest in the nation, averaging more than $37,000 per student.In addition to the $204 million for the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the governor’s budget invests in higher education with $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s system redesign and a $60 million increase for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, which serves more than 130,000 students and will increase the maximum award to $4,700.The governor is visiting all 14 PASSHE universities to highlight the importance of the program for the future of the students and the state. The governor has already made stops at Lock Haven and West Chester universities.The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth with 95,000 students. The university system includes Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford Collegecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more