Students from the Wisconsin Technical College System celebrated their time in Waterford Institute of Technology at a graduation ceremony last week at which the US visitors expressed how much they enjoyed the summer school and very much appreciated the dedication of WIT staff who made the experience personable and unique.
The Wisconsin WIT summer programme, now in its second year, is hosted by the School of Humanities at the institute. The programme is strongly inter-disciplinary in nature and includes classes on Irish History and Society delivered by Dr Jonathan Culleton, Social Class and the Redistribution of Wealth with Mr. Walter O'Leary and Dr Jonathan Culleton, Doing Business in Ireland with Dr Ray Griffin and EU Labour Law with Dr Sinead Conneely.
The students took part in several cultural and heritage tours including a walking tour of Waterford, a tour of Waterford Crystal and a visit to Waterford Museum of Treasures. The students also visited Killarney for a weekend, stopped in Blarney Castle en route and enjoyed the Limerick v Clare hurling match as the highlight of their tour.
According to Ms Sinead Day, International Manager at the institute, “The staff from Wisconsin expressed a resounding interest in returning to WIT next year with another group of students, and extended an invitation to WIT staff to visit Wisconsin State to deepen links between our two institutions.”
Wisconsin Technical College System is made up of 16 colleges across the State which offer over 300 programmes to some 380,000 learners each year, including two year associate degrees, one and two year technical diplomas, short term technical certificates and customised training directly for business and industry. The average age of students is 29, with approximately 25% being recent high school graduates.
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