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Russian delegation coming to TCC on Oct. 14, 15

Tidewater Community College will host a Russian delegation taking part in the Open World-Higher Education/Russia program on Oct. 14 and 15.

The six delegates will meet with TCC staff and administrators for an overview of academic programs, advising, student services and structure within the Virginia Community College System as part of the professional immersion/exchange program.

The delegates will visit the Green Administration Building, tour two of the TCC campuses as well as the Center for Workforce Solutions and the Visual Arts Center. In addition, they will enjoy lunch on Oct. 14 prepared by TCC’s Culinary Arts students. The group will visit the Joint-Use Library, Regional Health Professions Center and Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus on Oct. 15.

Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) is the host organization for the group of young professionals, who include faculty from Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad State Technical University and Moscow State University (Kaliningrad Campus). Kaliningrad is among the sister cities to Norfolk. Kaliningrad is Norfolk’s only sister city in Russia.

“TCC has a lot to show and be proud of, and a lot of their programs are of interest to our Russian visitors,” said Anna Nagorniuk, chairperson, NSCA’s OWP Host Committee and Kaliningrad Sister City Committee. “The Open World Program puts a special emphasis on community colleges as an effective educational model in changing the global economy.”

The delegates will be part of an orientation at the Open World Center and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., prior to coming to Hampton Roads.

Open World conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. Open World has introduced more than 19,000 current and future decision makers from Russia, other countries of Eurasia, Egypt, and Turkey to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999.