Afghanistan Delegation of 15 to Visit Community Colleges of Spokane: April 26 - May 1
Posted: 4/22/2015 1:15:54 PM

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) will serve as the lead host for an Afghanistan-U.S. Best Practices Study Course, involving a 15-person delegation of Afghanistan higher education professionals. Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program, the Best Practices Study Tour is an important step toward the launch of new associate degree programs in Afghanistan.

The delegates arrive in Spokane Sunday, April 26, and depart Saturday, May 2. During their stay, the delegation will meet with CCS administrators, faculty and staff; visit with students; observe campus classrooms; meet with community leaders; tour area medical facilities that hire CCS graduates; attend mosque; and sample some of the region’s recreational opportunities. Working with local medical community leaders such as Elaine Couture, Providence Medical Center Regional CEO, and Dr. Francisco Velazquez, PAML President/CEO, CCS Chancellor Christine Johnson has arranged a warm Spokane welcome for the delegates.

“We are very proud of our advancements in biomedical technology education and health services in the Spokane region. We are honored to share our expertise with these professionals from Afghanistan so they can establish similar quality education in Kabul and beyond,” said Johnson.

Spokane Community College’s (SCC) Biomedical Equipment Technology faculty are helping design a new Biomedical Equipment program at Kabul Medical University. Steve Wilson, SCC Biomedical Technology faculty, will travel to Kabul in June to help with training and implementation at the university.

“We have done a lot to help develop this new program with Kabul Medical University. We are confident that the Afghan delegation will benefit from touring our facility and meeting our staff, graduates and community leaders,” said Dr. Lisa Avery, CCS project coordinator and vice provost of strategic partnerships.

This cooperative learning is made possible by a $500,000 grant from the USAID, facilitated by the University of Massachusetts. SCC Biomedical Equipment Technology program was chosen in part for the quality of education they provide and the direct accessibility to graduates and professionals and facilities available in the Spokane community.


Editor’s Note: Contact CCS Communications Manager Annie Gannon,, 434-5150 for more information. We would be happy to arrange an interview with visiting delegates and CCS administrators and faculty.

Posted: 4/22/2015 1:15:54 PM by Global Administrator
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