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A recent grant from the United States Department of State gives Northampton Community College (NCC) students a chance to expand their work to bring sustainable energy systems to a remote area of Peru.
NCC was one of only four American colleges to earn a state department grant to increase study abroad between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. The other three grant recipients were the University of Arizona, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of North Texas.
NCC students completed a similar project in Peru in the summer of 2013. Their work contributed to the installation of the world’s highest-altitude wind turbine. College officials expect that the program’s expansion may provide a model for other community colleges looking to enrich the educational experience of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students and to provide their students with international experiences.
Northampton Community College President, Mark Erickson, Ph.D., is the husband of Da Vinci Science Center CEO Lin Erickson.