KCC is planning to launch a new study abroad program within the next year for students to study in Ireland for 10 days. Dr. Joseph Overton, who has been a professor at KCC for the past 18 years, has already begun the process of starting this program at KCC. One of the goals in offering a study abroad program to Ireland is to provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits while traveling and studying in an international setting.
Currently this program is offered at Hawaiʻi Community College, which offers a course called GEOG 298: Cultural Ecology of Ireland. This geography course is running in the Spring 2018 semester and offers an optional study abroad experience in Ireland from May 21-31, 2018. Students do not have to be enrolled in GEOG 298 to go on the study abroad to Ireland. However, if students want the three college credits, taking the course is a prerequisite.
Overton hopes to replicate this program at KCC. Recently he did a scouting trip to Donegal, Ireland, where the Institute for Study Abroad in Ireland is located. This is the institute that hosted previous HCC students during their study abroad trip to Ireland in May 2016. Overton works with The Freeman Foundation Community College Program, which is the main study abroad program offered at KCC. He wants to continue to have study abroad programs available for KCC students, as he sees the value in students having an international experience and actively encourages them to travel abroad.
(author: Kapi‘o News Writer Sarah Hendrix; Img courtesy of Porscha dela Fuente; pictured is a landscapte shot of New Grange, a neolithic burial site)