The College’s connections with Mexico continue to pay dividends for students on both sides of the border. Beginning in January, PCC and the Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo (ITH) will share a one-year, $25,000 grant to train leaders in the fast-growing field of sustainability.
The initiative is made possible by a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. In the Sustainable Energy Exchange Program: Benefiting Binational Communities, One Community at a Time project, PCC, ITH and community partners will teach participating students clean energy and sustainability in a global context, plus offer them work experience.
Through exchange programs students from both institutions will work in teams and gain technical skills to be more competent for the global workforce. Approximately eight PCC students will participate, starting in spring 2018. PCC expects to host eight ITH students at the same time. The grant also has a service learning component, with students educating communities on energy-saving tools and techniques.
Programs that give our students the opportunity to study abroad while bringing International students to our campuses are an excellent fit with our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, as well as Strategic Goal 6 of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan. Moreover, wind and solar energy employment is growing rapidly in the U.S., according to a 2016 Department of Energy report. This new initiative, made possible through the dedication and creativity of our Center for International Education and Global Engagement, will lead to tangible academic and career success for our students.