Faculty Member Wins Outstanding Achievement in International Education Award

Annouska Remmert, Ph.D. – Lorain County Community College faculty member, and director of the College’s International Education program – considers herself a "Citizen of the World."

{mosimage}Her global travels started modestly, when as a four year old she left her home in Thessaloniki, Greece with her doll to "show her the world," Remmert said. A family friend found her and brought her and the doll home, but it was an experience that began her life-long love of traveling and sharing experiences and knowledge.

"I was proud to be a citizen of the country that is the cradle of western civilization, but somehow that was not enough. I wanted to expand my horizon and become a citizen of the larger world," Remmert said.

Now the global citizen, who has been with LCCC since 1993, has been recognized for her efforts in internationalizing the LCCC curriculum and campus. In February she was awarded the 2014 Dr. Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. The award is given by the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., a non-profit, international organization of 160 community colleges (120 in the United States and 40 in other countries) that is committed to expanding local access to global opportunities through relationship building, education and development.

The award is bestowed annually upon a community college educator who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in international education related to community colleges, and to the betterment of international relations. 

"As an educator I believe it is my responsibility to help students challenge and overcome restrictive stereotypes regarding racial, ethnic and gender roles and provide them with an environment that fosters sensitivity and tolerance toward fellow human beings regardless of background," Remmert said. "I believe that is the way to empower students to effect change and survive in a world without borders."

At the urging of LCCC President Roy A. Church and with LCCC Board of Trustees approval, she developed a plan in 1996 to internationalize the LCCC campus. Once the plan was approved funding was necessary to implement it, and Remmert applied for a Title VI-A grant for International Studies and Foreign Languages from the U.S. Department of Education. She had already developed partnerships with two universities in France and one in Paraguay; to show LCCC was committed to this process, she undertook a yearlong curriculum review program with experts from Michigan State University. She also organized workshops for LCCC administrators, faculty and students to demonstrate the value of internationalizing the campus.

All of this led to LCCC receiving the Title VI-A grant – one of only four community colleges in the country to receive it. The grant allowed the College to move forward with the internationalization process that eventually led to the development of the "Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in International Studies" and the inclusion of a two-year program in Chinese language. Faculty from Changsha University in China teach the Chinese language courses. 

Her work with Chinese institutions led to her being named as an official advisor for developing cultural, educational and economic ties with the Kaifu District of Changsha, Hunan, China.

"Dr. Annouska Remmert has had a remarkable career at Lorain County Community College," said LCCC Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. "Her greatest impact was the embedding of the newly developed international courses into the general education curriculum. This ensures that students are exposed to global issues."

In fact, more than 10,000 students have taken enough courses designated as "Globalized" at LCCC to qualify them to earn a certificate with a focus on International Studies.

Remmert has also been instrumental in facilitating exchanges of administrators, faculty and students between LCCC counterparts from France, Greece, Germany, England, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Chile, Denmark and Ghana. This was accomplished through partnership agreements she initiated and coordinated between LCCC and these international institutions. 

The newest international activities include bringing two senior Chinese chefs to LCCC from the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, the largest culinary school in Hong Kong, in April of this year to work with the College’s new culinary arts program and provide workshops for students, faculty, and chefs from across Northeast Ohio; working with the Midwest Institute and the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop two plus one programs, and finalizing exchange programs with colleges in Malaysia and Scotland.

Her passion for excellence in international education has resulted in her winning several other awards, including: The 2013 Award for Leadership and Services from the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education, the 2004 Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine, the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year award from the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for 1999 and the 1996 LCCC Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

"While this award has my name on it, it goes to the college," Remmert said. "Without the support of the leadership at LCCC I couldn’t have accomplished my goal of bringing LCCC to the forefront of the international education arena."

For more information about international education at LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu/international.

Faculty Member Wins Outstanding Achievement in International Education Award

Annouska Remmert, Ph.D. – Lorain County Community College faculty member, and director of the College’s International Education program – considers herself a "Citizen of the World."

{mosimage}Her global travels started modestly, when as a four year old she left her home in Thessaloniki, Greece with her doll to "show her the world," Remmert said. A family friend found her and brought her and the doll home, but it was an experience that began her life-long love of traveling and sharing experiences and knowledge.

"I was proud to be a citizen of the country that is the cradle of western civilization, but somehow that was not enough. I wanted to expand my horizon and become a citizen of the larger world," Remmert said.

Now the global citizen, who has been with LCCC since 1993, has been recognized for her efforts in internationalizing the LCCC curriculum and campus. In February she was awarded the 2014 Dr. Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. The award is given by the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., a non-profit, international organization of 160 community colleges (120 in the United States and 40 in other countries) that is committed to expanding local access to global opportunities through relationship building, education and development.

The award is bestowed annually upon a community college educator who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in international education related to community colleges, and to the betterment of international relations. 

"As an educator I believe it is my responsibility to help students challenge and overcome restrictive stereotypes regarding racial, ethnic and gender roles and provide them with an environment that fosters sensitivity and tolerance toward fellow human beings regardless of background," Remmert said. "I believe that is the way to empower students to effect change and survive in a world without borders."

At the urging of LCCC President Roy A. Church and with LCCC Board of Trustees approval, she developed a plan in 1996 to internationalize the LCCC campus. Once the plan was approved funding was necessary to implement it, and Remmert applied for a Title VI-A grant for International Studies and Foreign Languages from the U.S. Department of Education. She had already developed partnerships with two universities in France and one in Paraguay; to show LCCC was committed to this process, she undertook a yearlong curriculum review program with experts from Michigan State University. She also organized workshops for LCCC administrators, faculty and students to demonstrate the value of internationalizing the campus.

All of this led to LCCC receiving the Title VI-A grant – one of only four community colleges in the country to receive it. The grant allowed the College to move forward with the internationalization process that eventually led to the development of the "Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in International Studies" and the inclusion of a two-year program in Chinese language. Faculty from Changsha University in China teach the Chinese language courses. 

Her work with Chinese institutions led to her being named as an official advisor for developing cultural, educational and economic ties with the Kaifu District of Changsha, Hunan, China.

"Dr. Annouska Remmert has had a remarkable career at Lorain County Community College," said LCCC Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. "Her greatest impact was the embedding of the newly developed international courses into the general education curriculum. This ensures that students are exposed to global issues."

In fact, more than 10,000 students have taken enough courses designated as "Globalized" at LCCC to qualify them to earn a certificate with a focus on International Studies.

Remmert has also been instrumental in facilitating exchanges of administrators, faculty and students between LCCC counterparts from France, Greece, Germany, England, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Chile, Denmark and Ghana. This was accomplished through partnership agreements she initiated and coordinated between LCCC and these international institutions. 

The newest international activities include bringing two senior Chinese chefs to LCCC from the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, the largest culinary school in Hong Kong, in April of this year to work with the College’s new culinary arts program and provide workshops for students, faculty, and chefs from across Northeast Ohio; working with the Midwest Institute and the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop two plus one programs, and finalizing exchange programs with colleges in Malaysia and Scotland.

Her passion for excellence in international education has resulted in her winning several other awards, including: The 2013 Award for Leadership and Services from the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education, the 2004 Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine, the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year award from the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for 1999 and the 1996 LCCC Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

"While this award has my name on it, it goes to the college," Remmert said. "Without the support of the leadership at LCCC I couldn’t have accomplished my goal of bringing LCCC to the forefront of the international education arena."

For more information about international education at LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu/international.

Faculty Member Wins Outstanding Achievement in International Education Award

Annouska Remmert, Ph.D. – Lorain County Community College faculty member, and director of the College’s International Education program – considers herself a "Citizen of the World."

{mosimage}Her global travels started modestly, when as a four year old she left her home in Thessaloniki, Greece with her doll to "show her the world," Remmert said. A family friend found her and brought her and the doll home, but it was an experience that began her life-long love of traveling and sharing experiences and knowledge.

"I was proud to be a citizen of the country that is the cradle of western civilization, but somehow that was not enough. I wanted to expand my horizon and become a citizen of the larger world," Remmert said.

Now the global citizen, who has been with LCCC since 1993, has been recognized for her efforts in internationalizing the LCCC curriculum and campus. In February she was awarded the 2014 Dr. Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. The award is given by the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., a non-profit, international organization of 160 community colleges (120 in the United States and 40 in other countries) that is committed to expanding local access to global opportunities through relationship building, education and development.

The award is bestowed annually upon a community college educator who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in international education related to community colleges, and to the betterment of international relations. 

"As an educator I believe it is my responsibility to help students challenge and overcome restrictive stereotypes regarding racial, ethnic and gender roles and provide them with an environment that fosters sensitivity and tolerance toward fellow human beings regardless of background," Remmert said. "I believe that is the way to empower students to effect change and survive in a world without borders."

At the urging of LCCC President Roy A. Church and with LCCC Board of Trustees approval, she developed a plan in 1996 to internationalize the LCCC campus. Once the plan was approved funding was necessary to implement it, and Remmert applied for a Title VI-A grant for International Studies and Foreign Languages from the U.S. Department of Education. She had already developed partnerships with two universities in France and one in Paraguay; to show LCCC was committed to this process, she undertook a yearlong curriculum review program with experts from Michigan State University. She also organized workshops for LCCC administrators, faculty and students to demonstrate the value of internationalizing the campus.

All of this led to LCCC receiving the Title VI-A grant – one of only four community colleges in the country to receive it. The grant allowed the College to move forward with the internationalization process that eventually led to the development of the "Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in International Studies" and the inclusion of a two-year program in Chinese language. Faculty from Changsha University in China teach the Chinese language courses. 

Her work with Chinese institutions led to her being named as an official advisor for developing cultural, educational and economic ties with the Kaifu District of Changsha, Hunan, China.

"Dr. Annouska Remmert has had a remarkable career at Lorain County Community College," said LCCC Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. "Her greatest impact was the embedding of the newly developed international courses into the general education curriculum. This ensures that students are exposed to global issues."

In fact, more than 10,000 students have taken enough courses designated as "Globalized" at LCCC to qualify them to earn a certificate with a focus on International Studies.

Remmert has also been instrumental in facilitating exchanges of administrators, faculty and students between LCCC counterparts from France, Greece, Germany, England, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Chile, Denmark and Ghana. This was accomplished through partnership agreements she initiated and coordinated between LCCC and these international institutions. 

The newest international activities include bringing two senior Chinese chefs to LCCC from the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, the largest culinary school in Hong Kong, in April of this year to work with the College’s new culinary arts program and provide workshops for students, faculty, and chefs from across Northeast Ohio; working with the Midwest Institute and the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop two plus one programs, and finalizing exchange programs with colleges in Malaysia and Scotland.

Her passion for excellence in international education has resulted in her winning several other awards, including: The 2013 Award for Leadership and Services from the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education, the 2004 Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine, the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year award from the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award for 1999 and the 1996 LCCC Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

"While this award has my name on it, it goes to the college," Remmert said. "Without the support of the leadership at LCCC I couldn’t have accomplished my goal of bringing LCCC to the forefront of the international education arena."

For more information about international education at LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu/international.

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