NCTC professor publishes chapter

| Mar 22, 2021

gregory-at-fulbright.pngDr. Rochelle Gregory, North Central Texas College English Professor and Division Chair, recently published a chapter on study abroad at the community college in the book, Internationalizing Honors. The chapter focuses on the ways that community colleges develop international experiences for students and is based on her recent Fulbright award to Germany in October 2017. Because of the German Fulbright commission’s sponsorship, Dr. Gregory was able to explore study abroad and international opportunities for NCTC students and faculty, all at no cost to the college. 

“This experience was one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my entire career. I am so appreciative of the college’s support and especially for Dr. Wallace’s letter of recommendation,” said Dr. Gregory.

Studying abroad can be very expensive, and many community college students do not have the chance to study abroad because international programs are too expensive and can delay their time to graduation. But, studying abroad is important for students because it leads to personal growth, intercultural development, and career opportunities. As Dr. Gregory explains, “Research shows that students who go abroad while in college are more likely to graduate from college. These students come back from studying abroad more motivated and excited about learning. They appreciate others’ and their own cultures and they can leverage that experience when applying for scholarships, internships, and jobs after graduation.”

Dr. Gregory’s Fulbright experience also has provided long-term benefits to NCTC, including guest lectures by German scholars and German language and literature coursework. Her colleague, Kristen Weinzapfel, will be leading the Berlin tour May 24, 2022 - May 31, 2022. Weinzapfel, like Gregory, has led many study abroad tours through EF Education Tours.

NCTC will offer a study abroad experience to Berlin in May 2022, because, as Dr. Gregory explains, “Germany is important for international education because of the country’s emphasis on adult education and internships in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. The most important language for students studying in science and technology is German because the country is the epicenter for engineering and pharmaceutical research. Germany has also pioneered adult education that combines industry training with university internship opportunities. I’m excited to share my experiences in Germany and to pass on that knowledge to students who will directly benefit from the experience.”

The tour in Berlin will include highlights such as the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, and Berlin Wall. The tour will also include university tours, The German Museum of Technology, and industry engagement opportunities. The tour is open to anyone who would like to earn college credit. This includes all NCTC students, alumni, dual credit, parents, friends, and family. To learn more information about studying abroad in Berlin, visit the tour website (https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2437936JA) or to learn more about Fulbright opportunities, contact Dr. Rochelle Gregory at rgregory@nctc.edu.

You can read the chapter by Dr. Gregory from Internationalizing Honors, ed. Kim Klein and Mary Kay Mulvaney (Lincoln, NE: National Collegiate Honors Council, 2020) at digitalcommons.unl.edu/nchcmonochap/79/.