Students celebrate ITC graduation

In the back row, from left, are Chelsea Johnson, John Rojowski and Samantha Van Gilder; front row, from left, Regina McClinton, Jordan Appleyard, Noelle Lufkin and Anne Hiskes.
In the back row, from left, are Chelsea Johnson, John Rojowski and Samantha Van Gilder; front row, from left, Regina McClinton, Jordan Appleyard, Noelle Lufkin and Anne Hiskes.
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The cohort of students who earned Intercultural Training Certification in the winter semester celebrated their graduation at a reception April 23 in Lake Ontario Hall.

Anne Hiskes, dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Regina McClinton, director of ITC, congratulated the students and handed out ITC pins.

The ITC was established in 2011. Completing the certification requires only a few extra classes, including a practicum in which students immerse themselves in a culture different from their own.

McClinton broached the idea of starting ITC because she knew it would give students a boost on their resumes. “Employers are seeking job candidates who possess multicultural competencies, an awareness of people who are different from them, and the ability to engage in respectful dialogue with different cultures,” she said.

For more on ITC, visit www.gvsu.edu/itc.