CBC has partnered with Rice University in Houston and Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterry (ITESM), or Monterrey Institute of Technology, in Monterrey, Mexico to offer intensive Spanish language studies through distance learning. The goal of the program is to collaborate with institutions across the border and to use the humanities to help students learn more about border issues. Because of the proximity and impact of the border on its adjacent communities and the likelihood that students in the program will go on to have jobs that deal with border affairs like commerce, health and government affairs, the exponential value of this program can not be measured. Each interaction between students is designed to foster a deeper appreciation of cultural understanding.
Cortés recently returned to Beeville to meet with Coastal Bend College officials and instructors and with A.C. Jones and Skidmore-Tynan High School Spanish teachers about plans for future programs at the Instituto Mexicano de Español y Cultura, as Cortés’ Spanish language school is now named. At a time when Mexican language schools are facing a sharp reduction in students because of frequent media reports of drug violence in our neighboring country.
Emmanuel Alvarado, Coastal Bend College Spanish instructor, was recently elected to represent the Nuevo León, Mexico Chapter of Partners of the Americas, an international organization that brings people together to build connections. Colleges, universities and other non-profit groups across the country join with each other and institutions in South America to exchange resources and develop programs that are problem-solving solutions for underserved populations or geographic regions. Alvarado is a member of Texas Partners of the Americas, the state chapter of the international organization.
It’s not too late to sign up for the Coastal Bend College Spanish department’s ninth annual excursion to Monterrey, March 12-14. Spanish instructor Kay Past invites those interested in a cultural and educational trip to the beautiful mountain city to go with the CBC group. Interested participants may contact Past at (361) 354-2401 or at email@example.com to sign up for the trip. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
Coastal Bend College Spanish Club is organizing the ninth annual excursion to Monterrey, March 12-14. Anyone interested in a cultural and educational trip to the beautiful mountain city is welcome.