Agreement Provides Pathways Program for Chinese Students
Alma College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Beida Jade Bird International Education to create an English language Pathways Program for Chinese students interested in a U.S. college education.
“This one-year intensive English studies program provides language instruction prior to college enrollment for recent Chinese high school graduates,” says Bob Garcia, vice president for enrollment at Alma College. “Beida Jade Bird will assist in identifying qualified students in China who will benefit from the Pathways program.”
Jia Yin Zhang, CEO of Beida Jade Bird International, and Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College, sign a cooperative agreement to provide an English language Pathways Program for Chinese high school graduates.
The Chinese students will live in Alma’s residence halls among the student body, says Garcia. A pilot group will arrive in January, and as many as 30 students are expected to be enrolled in the Pathways program in Fall 2014.
“For Alma, this is a way to further diversify the campus experience for future and current students and to provide an environment that will allow future Alma graduates to be more prepared for a global economy,” says Garcia. “Our hope is that most of the students in the Pathways program will eventually enroll at Alma as undergraduate students.”
From left: Beida Jade Bird CEO Assistant Peng Sun, Alma Chinese Language Assistant Xiao Yu, Associate Professor of German Holly Liu, Associate Professor of English Chih-Ping Chen, Alma College Provost Michael Selmon, Beida Jade Bird CEO Jia Yin Zhang, Alma College President Jeff Abernathy, Vice President for Enrollment Bob Garcia, Vice President for Student Life Nick Piccolo, and Professor of History Liping Bu.
Affiliated with Peking University in Beijing, Beida Jade Bird develops linguistic, educational, business and cultural programming for Chinese students seeking academic experiences in the United States.
Posted: Wed, May 1st, 2013 at 11:12AM