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IEW at Oakton

IEW at Oakton

Background

International Education Week, founded in 2000, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. It is an important week observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. IEW is celebrated in November each year during the week before the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

The worldwide celebration of IEW offers a unique opportunity to reach out to people in every nation, to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and to reiterate the conviction that enduring friendships and partnerships created through international education and exchange are important for a secure future for all countries.

Global Studies Program at Oakton

The Global Studies Program at Oakton is proud to take part in International Education Week.

Oakton Community College's Vision, Mission and Values states, in part, that the college encourages students to entertain and question ideas, think critically, solve problems, and engage with other cultures, with one another and with faculty. In addition, the college challenges students to be capable global citizens, guided by knowledge and ethical principles, who will shape the future.

The American Association of Community Colleges' Position Statement on International Education asserts that "to ensure the survival and well-being of our communities, it is imperative that community colleges develop a globally and multiculturally competent citizenry. Community colleges are strategically positioned and experienced to respond to this educational and economic development imperative by educating and training individuals to function successfully in a multicultural and advanced technological environment that crosses all boundaries of education, communications, language and business."

Toward these ends, the Global Studies Program at Oakton Community College strives to help establish and grow global competencies in our student body and faculty. Global competency exists when an individual is able to understand the interconnectedness of peoples and systems, to have a general knowledge of history and world events, to accept and cope with the existence of different cultural values and attitudes and, indeed, to celebrate the richness and benefits of this diversity.

For more information on the Global Studies Program at Oakton, please contact the Coordinator, Katherine Schuster, 847-376-7118, schuster@oakton.edu.

 

 

Alumni Profile

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.

 

IMPORTANT DATES


April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20
Commencement

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

Full Academic Calendar