For 15 Gwinnett Technical College students spring break was more than just a trip to the beach with friends. These students, together with two advisors, traveled to Spain for 10 days to visit local sites, soak in culture and learn more about their various programs of study. This was the fourth year for the program, which previously took students to Italy.
The itinerary was coordinated through CEPA-Europe (Customized Educational Programs Abroad) and included excursions tailored to augment degree programs for the students. There was a focus on humanities related opportunities, including visits to museums, cathedrals, and government buildings, which involved art, music, dance, and other items of historical significance. Students visited three of Spain’s largest cities, including Madrid, Segovia and Barcelona.
“Many of the excursions were planned after we knew who was going,” said Gwinnett Tech Speech Program Director Penny Waddell. “For example, we had quite a few Culinary, Photography, and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism students, which prompted us to plan cooking classes, photography opportunities and tourism industry experiences. Other students were medical students, business students and marketing students. So we also incorporated activities that would appeal to them.”
Discussions are underway about future study abroad opportunities. For more information, contact Penny Waddell or Bonnie Smith.
“We both truly believe that this is one of the best programs that our college can offer,” said Waddell. “Through this opportunity, we get to show our students the world, help them to become more marketable once graduating from GTC and give them practical learning opportunities related to their programs that they could not get by simply attending classes on a college campus.”
August 17, 2015