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INTERNATIONAL VISITORS TOUR HCC
Five representatives of the University of Namibia recently visited Haywood Community College to gain a better understanding of how HCC incorporates entrepreneurship training into its programs of study. The group met with HCC campus representatives of Student Services, the Career Center, and the Small Business Center. The group then toured the campus grounds and the Professional Crafts department.
The University of Namibia is located in Namibia, an independent country in southern Africa. HCC’s visitors were from a newly opened satellite campus in the northern part of the country. According to Carol Lincoln, an employee of the independent consulting firm in Chapel Hill that coordinated the African group’s U.S. itinerary, 40% of the population around this northern campus is rural. The group came to the United States to look at activities that could help boost the economy in their corner of Namibia. They are hoping to build an entrepreneurship training program much like the one currently in place at Haywood Community College.
While in Haywood County, the group also visited with representatives of N.C. Real Enterprises, Executive Director Mark Sorrells and Phyllis Childers, who is also a part-time instructor in HCC’s Business Department.
The University of Namibia representatives were Robert Kirby-Harris, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance; Haaveshe Nekongo-Nielsen, Co-coordinator of Community Education Development Unit at Oshakati; Dick Chamberlain, Director of UNAM Learning Center; Brian Harlech-Jones, Director of Northern Campus at Oshakati; and Shali Kamati, a businessman.
The African group’s trip was made possible by the Ford Foundation and the Rural Community College Initiative in America. Haywood Community College was one of three community colleges that the group toured while in the U.S.