About 25 community college leaders traveled to India last month to advise government officials and education leaders as they implement an ambitious plan to upgrade the nation’s technical education system. India has made a commitment to establish 200 community colleges over the next few years.
The U.S. college leaders participated in a conference hosted by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi, which showcased community and technical college models from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United States.
The U.S. delegation, representing a dozen community colleges, was led by Tara Sonenshine, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and was organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The intent was to help Indian officials understand best practices and models in workforce development, said Alice Blayne-Allard, associate vice president for international programs and services at AACC.