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Joliet Junior College receives prestigious international grant

JOLIET – Joliet Junior College was one of seven community colleges in the nation and one of only four colleges in Illinois to receive the International Studies and Foreign Language Education (UISFL) grant from the Department of Education this fall.

The $120,641 grant will allow the college to plan, develop, and carry out programs that strengthen and improve international studies and foreign language courses at the college. The first year of the grant will focus on Brazil, and pending congressional approval, additional funding for two more years of international programs is expected.

Six JJC faculty will visit Brazil in March 2015. Professors Tamara Ponzo Brattoli, Kristin LaTour, Nataliya Marchenko, Eileen McKee, Fredric Miller and Andy Neill will spend three days in Mogi Mirim, Brazil, on cultural exchange with faculty from Faculdades de Tecnologia do Estado de São Paulo (FATEC Mogi Mirim). They will also travel to Sao Paulo, the Atlantic rainforest, and visit a pacified favela community in Rio de Janeiro.

In August, students led by JJC faculty will spend approximately three weeks in Brazil, earning JJC credit while visiting the same locations in Brazil as the faculty, but spending additional in Mogi Mirim where they will interact with local college students from FATEC Mogi Mirim.

For more information, visit www.jjc.edu/english-world-lang/international-education/Pages/study-abroad.aspx or contact Brattoli at (815) 280-2470 or tbrattol@jjc.edu.

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