WMU News

Latulippe returns from mission to South America

May 21, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Laura Latulippe, director of WMU's Career English Language Center for International Students, recently participated in a two-week trade mission to Argentina, Brazil and Chile that helped open doors for U.S.-based intensive English programs, or IEPs.

The March 25 to April 5 trip was a great experience for all of the delegates, Latulippe says.

"The mission provided a starting point for us to share information and establish relationships with trade partners and related U.S. offices, educational institutions, multinational corporations and local entities such as counseling agencies," she reports.

"It also provided a forum for us to promote U.S.-based IEPs and educational exchanges and gave us a chance to learn about our host countries' international education needs and student recruitment potential."

The mission was affiliated with the U.S. Department of Commerce and organized by the American Association of Intensive English Programs, which is comprised of the directors of IEPs from across the nation.

Delegates from 10 IEPs participated in the trip. They reflected the geographic diversity of U.S. programs as well as differing types of administrative structures-programs governed by universities, as CELCIS is, and privately run programs based at universities or in their own facilities.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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