April 21, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Jamilet Ortiz 203-332-5141

Housatonic Community College Study Abroad

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Photo with columns, at the Ruins of Pompeii. Wanda Mwalwanda (Milford), Jailene Cuevas (Bridgeport), Jessica Cipriano (Shelton), Angeline Garcia (Ansonia), Yoshira Evans (Trumbull), Andressa Granado (Bridgeport), Emily Beers (Trumbull).

Fourteen HCC students have recently returned from Italy and the Short Term portion of their Humanities #119 course. The students, their professor, a chaperone and 3 student family members traveled to Venice, Florence, Pisa, Pompeii, Assisi, Sorrento, Naples, Capri and Rome.

The Short Term Study Abroad course, taught in English, gives students the opportunity to study first-hand different cultures and customs. Before and after the 10 day trip, students explore the evolution and development of the country’s civilization and culture. Jamilet Ortiz, course professor says, “In the course, we explore the various elements that help define a people, their culture and their way of viewing the world. On the trip, we had daily lectures as we visited famous sites, including the Vatican, the Parthenon, the Augustus Gardens of Capri, Doge’s Palace in Venice and others. Students also had time on their own in each city to explore.”

Prior to the trip, students create blogs and, while traveling, maintain a digital journal of their experiences in each city and their notes on the daily lectures. Ortiz adds, “The trip becomes a living classroom, giving students the opportunity to engage and experience beyond the textbook.”

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Photo on a bench in the Augustus Gardens at Capri; Rashawna Brown (Bridgeport), Ethan Ortiz (NY), Andressa Granado (Bridgeport), Chitunga Chisenga (Stratford), Sam Ortiz (NY), Prof. Jamilet Ortiz (NY), Dionne Williams (Bridgeport), Wanda Mwalwanda (Milford), Calep Rainey (Milford).
Launched in 2015, Short Term Study Abroad in spring 2015 focused on Spain. In spring of 2017, the focus will be Morocco. Greece is planned as the focus for summer, 2017. Short Term Study Abroad is Humanities elective.

Students are responsible for travel costs beyond tuition. For more information about HCC Study Abroad, call 203-332-5141.