JSC - Quebec Cégep Exchange Program
In 2000, Johnson State College began a cultural and linguistic exchange program with Cégep regional de Lanaudière à Terrebonne in Quebec. The program gives JSC students and students in Quebec a chance to improve their language skills and learn more about the others' cultures
The term "Cégep" is a French acronym that stands for college of general and vocational education. Cégeps, which are roughly equivalent to junior colleges in the U.S., provide two- or three-year programs offering preparation for university or a career.
How the Program Works
Each year, JSC students are paired with Canadian students from Cégep regional de Lanaudière à Terrebonne for a four-day stay. They are housed in students' homes and spend two days at the Cégep, where student attend classes in French and have first-hand contact with students and teachers.
Then, the Canadian students come to JSC and participate in campus life, living in dorm rooms, auditing classes and participating in cultural activities such as movies, coffee house performances, concerts, sports, etc.
What Students Have to Say About the Exchange
Students on both side of the border have had wonderful experiences.
One JSC student remarked: "There is no better way to learn a language than to use it in real life. Each of the times I've participated [in the exchange], I would say the progress (in French) was significant."
Another said: "Last year, the exchange was a great time, both educationally and socially. It showed me where I needed improvement and where I had strengths... The trip was so much fun, and I loved living with an exchange family to see into their culture. "
For More Information
If you're interested in participating in the exchange, you must be currently registered for a French class. For more information, phone JSC faculty member Cynthia West at 802-635-1356 or by send her an email at Cynthia.West@jsc.edu.