Grant Allows Tri-C to Expand Japanese Language Program
August 27, 2015
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com
Additional courses being offered this academic year at two campuses
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will expand its Japanese language course offerings this academic year after being awarded a grant from the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles.
The $30,000 grant will go toward creating a one-year lectureship position to teach Japanese at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills and Western Campus in Parma.
Eleven courses will be offered this fall and spring, up from eight in 2014-2015. The classes provide Tri-C students an opportunity to gain basic to advanced proficiency in the language while learning about Japanese culture.
Tri-C is one of only three community colleges in Ohio that offers Japanese courses.
“With this grant from the Japan Foundation, Cuyahoga Community College is in a position to be the vanguard of Japanese language education in Northeast Ohio,” said Delia Bober, interim dean of learning and engagement at Western Campus.
Economic numbers show the importance of building a strong Japanese program, Bober said. Japanese companies account for nearly 71,000 jobs across Ohio.
The goal is for the lectureship position to serve as a bridge to re-establishing a full-time faculty position to teach Japanese. Because of budget restraints, the position has been vacant since a retirement in May 2014.
The College used part-time adjunct instructors to teach Japanese over the past year. Tri-C began its Japanese program in 1986.
“The grant will help Tri-C take the program to new levels,” Bober said.
The donation from the Japan Foundation was presented to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation on Aug. 25 by Mizuki Eguchi, public relations officer for the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit.