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NCC Global Perspective Scholars Visit Washington, D.C.

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The Nash Community College Global Perspective Scholars (GPS) program hosted a trip to Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 12. Faculty, staff, students and community members visited the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Natural History Museum, Washington Monument and WWII Memorial.

“This trip offered students an opportunity to experience the nation’s capital and explore the global nature of the arts, sciences, and policies that shape our nation and our world. This year we took a deep dive into the world of contemporary and traditional African Art and discussed the impact of this art at both a regional and global level. Students had the opportunity to learn a bit more about African history and the cultural, political and economic movements that inspired each piece,” Eva Williams, faculty advisor, Global Scholars Program said.

Through the GPS program, Nash Community College students develop global competencies and skills needed to be successful in today’s economy. The program focuses on discovering what it means to be a global citizen and how students can apply this knowledge to their academic and professional endeavors. “We live in an increasingly interconnected world,” Katie Hoffer, co-director, Global Scholars Program said. “Even rural, eastern North Carolina is seeing an increase in international companies operating within our community. The Global Perspective Scholars program engages students to think globally about how they interact and understand the world around them, enriching our own community at both a personal and professional level.”

Requirements for earning the Global Perspective Scholars distinction at Nash Community College include: completing 15 credit hours with a minimum of a C in courses designated as globally intensive, participating in eight global activities and 30 hours of global experience through travel abroad and/or domestic intercultural experience or service and a capstone presentation related to the global learning experience and participation.

Upon completion of all program requirements, students earn the identification of “Global Perspective Scholar” on their NCC transcript and receive specialized regalia to wear at commencement exercises.

For more information on the GPS program, email nccgps@nashcc.edu or visit www.nashcc.edu/gps.