April 16, 2024

Education leaders join HACU visiting Spanish professional, vocational training centers in Spain

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ staff and educational leaders from community colleges in the United States are in Spain from April 15-19, 2024, visiting locations in Madrid, Basque Country, and Valladolid. This initiative, organized in collaboration between HACU, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) and the U.S. Embassy in Spain, seeks to strengthen educational ties between the two countries.

“HACU is thankful to SEPIE, Spain’s Ministry of Education and the U.S. Embassy for partnering with us in sending a delegation of representatives from HACU-member community colleges to Spain to learn about the vocational opportunities available to students,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Vocational training is invaluable for students who are learning a trade, and it is our hope this visit creates and inspires collaborative opportunities between community colleges in the U.S. and institutions in Spain.”  

During the week of the visit, three working sessions will be held for the creation of networks with educational centers in the Autonomous Communities visited. The main objectives of these sessions are to promote the establishment of contacts that may lead to the signing of collaboration agreements between institutions in both countries, the development of research projects and the exchange of students and teaching staff.

Approximately 14 faculty, staff and administrators from the following HACU-member institutions will be part of the academic trip that include visits to Tknika, Centre for Research and Applied Innovation in the Basque System of Vocational Education and Training, the Leioa School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and IES La Paloma:

  • Bronx Community College – CUNY
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • College of the Mainland
  • Contra Costa College
  • Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
  • Harold Washington College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Mission College
  • Northeast Lakeview College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • St. Philip's College
  • The University of New Mexico-Taos
  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

Other topics to be covered during the trip include:

  • The system of VET in Spain.
  • Good practices in internationalization.
  • Priorities of Madrid’s Department of Education in VET.
  • Internacional mobility. Erasmus+ in VET.
  • Community Colleges: Technical Training.

Following the visits, a meeting with Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be held at Plaza Marqués de Salamanca in Madrid.

To view images from the event click here.


HACU Spain trip