International program brings the world to Wisconsin Featured in the Friends Fall 2020 Issue

Thursday October 29, 2020
International program brings the world to Wisconsin

When travel worldwide was canceled due to pandemic concerns, two NWTC instructors found a way to create a study abroad experience right here in Wisconsin.

Business faculty Lisa O’Halloran and Jerry Lintz could not take students to study business creativity at Robert Gordon University in Scotland as planned. Instead, the two brought Scottish instructors to students with live video.

“Jerry and I have recreated the curriculum and infused it with some lecture from the Scotland folks,” O’Halloran said. On one day, the director of the historic house where they would have stayed grabbed his cell phone and gave students a video tour and history talk.

Lintz was surprised and pleased by the results.

“We had no clue how this was going to evolve, and it’s come out really well,” he said. “The kids have done really well with their presentations.”

Lintz said the popular annual trip has inspired several past NWTC students to earn bachelor’s degrees in Scotland.