By Meagan Walker, Executive Director of College Relations.
Five lucky students from Cascadia Community College have been awarded full scholarships to study at Beijing Jiaotong University to take part in a two-week summer intensive. The students will work in teams to develop a web application designed to provide a solution for voice recognition. They depart this week (the week of June 4, 2014).
“It’s amazing. We get to travel and study something we love doing,” says student Terry Jung, who was awarded the scholarship along with Ryan Abraham, Sean Murray, Mark Robinson, and Todd Taylor.
The Cascadia students, all of whom are pursuing Associate in Applied Science degrees in Web Application Programming Technology, are eager to put their technical skills to the test. They will have to get used to a typical Chinese schedule that delivers class instruction eight hours a day; they will not, however, need to understand Mandarin.
“We’re being instructed in English, which is a good thing,” remarked Todd Taylor, “or they can just fail me now.”
In addition to mastering platform development skills, the program builds in opportunities for the students to visit information technology companies and tour cultural sites.
Beijing Jiaotong University is covering all of the students’ costs, including transportation, tuition, food, and lodging.
You can follow the students’ adventures on Cascadia’s blog at http://cascadiaupdates.wordpress.com/.
About Cascadia Community College: Cascadia is repeatedly recognized as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation. It has a reputation for its small class sizes, focus on integrated learning, and high academic transfer rates to four-year programs. For more information, visit www.cascadia.edu.