GC Scholars of Global Distinction (GCSGD)

Mission Statement
To build and enhance global awareness, inspire cultural competence, stimulate personal ethical growth, and deepen intellectual inquiry within Gaston College students.

GC Scholars of Global Distinction (GCSGD)

GC Scholars of Global Distinction (GCSGD)

scholars_gdWe live in a global economy. Gone are the days when we traveled less than a hundred miles from home. Gone are the days when the only goods available to purchase came only from our local communities. Today, people in our communities speak different languages, celebrate different holidays and worship different gods. Today, well over half of the products we purchase come from countries other than our own.  Our students will work with people who come from these other countries and will compete with them for jobs and promotions.  Several of those companies are in Gaston College’s own backyard, in the Gastonia Technology Park.




The NC GLOBAL DISTINCTION initiative is a partnership between community colleges in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Partners for the first phase are Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC, Central Piedmont CC, Davidson County CC, Pitt CC, Gaston College, and Guilford Technical CC.

We are undertaking a 3-year initiative to globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global activities and dialogue at these community colleges through the implementation of a global distinction program. This will ensure students at these colleges develop the global competencies and skills needed for the 21st century workforce and to thrive at universities that increasingly focus on global issues.  Through this initiative the community colleges and UNC develop a model of best practices for internationalizing the curriculum that serve as a pilot for a state model that we hope will include all community colleges in North Carolina.

The Global Distinction Program, based on the model developed by Howard Community College in Maryland (and its implementation by Davidson County Community College in NC), consists of 4 components:

  1. Students complete at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses.
  2. Students participate in 8 international activities and dialogue: speakers, films, performances (2 per semester).
  3. Students gain global experience: 30 hours of participation in either study abroad or a domestic intercultural experience.
  4. Students give a capstone presentation related to their global learning participation.

Requirements and How to Get Involved

Apply Here – Contact Deborah Neuman for more details on becoming a part of the GC Scholars of Global Distinction. (RCB 303, neuman.deborah@gaston.edu, or 704-922-6238).



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