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Monday, May 5, 2008
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**For Immediate Release**

Ohlone College Opens Campus in Suzhou, China

(From right): President of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, Garrett Yee; President of Ohlone College, Dr. Doug Treadway; Headmaster of SIP Industrial Technology School, Naiguo Wang; and Fremont City Council member Robert Wieckowski hold the Ohlone College Suzhou Center plaque.

Fremont, CA—Ohlone College announces the opening of its International Educational Exchange and Training Center (IETC) in the Science and Industry Park (SIP) in Suzhou in the Jiangsu Province of China. The Ohlone College IETC is located on the campus of the Industrial Technology School of Suzhou Industrial Park.

A formal ceremony was held on April 30, 2008 to open the IETC office. In attendance were the President of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, Garrett Yee, the President of Ohlone College, Dr. Doug Treadway, and the Headmaster of SIP Industrial Technology School, Naiguo Wang. Also participating in the ceremony were City officials including Fremont City Council member Robert Wieckowski, Deputy City Manager Melissa Dile and Vice Chairman of Suzhou Industrial Park Administration Committee Yanyan Sun.

The Ohlone College IETC in Suzhou, China is the first community college center in the rising new science and industry park. Ohlone College has received a US Department of Education grant to support the development of this international center, which has a companion office on the Newark Campus of Ohlone College in California’s Silicon Valley. The IETC will offer English language instruction with an emphasis on business and industry. It will also support student and faculty exchanges. In collaboration with SIP Industrial Technology School, the IETC will provide workforce training to technical staff of U.S. and other international corporations located in Suzhou.

Speaking at the April 30 ceremony, Ohlone College Board President Garrett Yee stated: “This event reflects the culmination of work over the past four years under the leadership of Dr. Treadway to expand our international studies program at Ohlone College. We have had the good fortune to develop excellent partnerships in China that ultimately improve the overall quality of education for students in both the U.S. and China.” It is anticipated that a delegation from Suzhou will visit Ohlone College in mid-June of this year for a similar ceremony at their offices in the new Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology.

For more information about the Suzhou Industrial Park, visit their website at www.sipac.gov.cn/english/ or contact Public Information Officer Sarah Daniels at sdaniels@ohlone.edu.


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