Lower Columbia College in April officially cemented a partnership with a technical school in China that will bring more students here to study.
A cadre of LCC officials signed an agreement with Changzhou Technical Institute of Tourism and Commerce, a five-year equivalent to high school in an industrial metropolis in eastern China.
“It’s very exciting for our students as well as for our community,” LCC president Chris Bailey said last week. “It adds diversity to the population and a global perspective.”
Bailey hopes upward of 30 international students will join the college this fall, which is part of a route for the students to obtain a four-year degree in the U.S.
The students will complete three years at CTITC, two in Longview and be eligible for a transfer — CTITC certificate and associate degree in tow.
The agreement could also cause a financial windfall for the college, with each student bringing in about $18,000 per year.
The team visited three other universities on the April 16-25 trip, and a Seoul, South Korea, professor expressed interest in a similar agreement.
“We’ll be following that up with a visit and may be traveling with Geir (Kalhagen, Port of Longview CEO),” Bailey said.
Eventually, LCC would like to see 100 international students yearly, up from the current single-digit enrollment.