PCCC Students to Study in China as International Scholar Laureates

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Three PCCC Students to Study in China This Spring Through the International Scholarship Laureate Program

Posted 3-12-15

Three PCCC students have been selected for overseas study this year by the International Scholarship Laureate Program (ISLP), an educational program that offers select college and university students the opportunity to learn while enjoying a culturally enriching experience in one of the world’s “most prominent and important centers of business, medicine, nursing and health care, engineering and technology and international relations and diplomacy,” says the ISLP website.

The PCCC scholars, Nelton Barrett,  Miguel DeJesus, and DeMond James,  are all members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) the honor society for two- year colleges.  All three were nominated by the  PTK organization for the ISLP program.

“This is a great reflection on our institution,” said Nelton, who is president of  Alpha Eta Chi, the PCCC chapter of PTK. 

Participants may choose the ISLP career delegation they wish to join and their preferred travel destination. Each delegation focuses on a different field of study and offers a choice of two destinations, each offering a unique opportunity to gain a global perspective on the chosen field of study by learning from experts, networking with other students from around the world, and visiting major cultural attractions in the area. 

The PCCC scholars each chose different study delegations, but all three elected to study in China where their trip will include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tian’anmen Square, the Beijing Zoo and other significant sites of cultural importance.

They depart in May for their 13-day scholarly adventure in the Far East. Read what they have to say about this opportunity.

Nelton Barrett (Class of ’15)
President of Phi Theta Kappa
Major: Business Administration
ISLP Delegation:  Business & Entrepreneurship 

"From a career perspective, this trip offers a firsthand insight into China’s rich culture, and in particular, its business culture.  The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) Delegation on Business & Entrepreneurship in China will enrich my academic and professional career and will provide a competitive edge in a multicultural and global market place. I am excited and gleefully look forward to this experience.” 
Read more about Nelton.

 DeMond James (Class of ’15)
Major: Communication
ISLP Delegation: International Relations & Diplomacy

“My high school academic career gave no indication that I would ever be an honors student let alone considered an International Scholar Laureate. I spent almost two years traveling in Western Europe and Mexico so this is not my first international trip, but it will be the first time that I have traveled by plane to any destination since returning from Germany in February of 2003. I am looking forward to the whole trip since China was on my bucket list.”  
Read more about DeMond.

 Miguel DeJesus (Class of ’16)
Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Committee Coordinator
Major: English*
ISLP Delegation:  Engineering & Technology

“Going to China is a great cultural and educational opportunity.  I look forward to meeting other students of like mind from all over the world to network, share ideas, and learn from each other.
The cultural aspect is also exciting.  To visit the Great Wall of China and walk in the footsteps of emperors and see the other important cultural sites will be very exciting, especially for me, since I’ve never been out of the country before.”
*Miguel attended high school at Passaic County Technical Institute and was originally an engineering major at PCCC.  His main career goal is to become a teacher, but he is also interested in technical writing. 
Read Miguel's story