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U.S. Department of State: SENA-CAF Competition for Columbia SENA Centers and U.S. Community Colleges

Deadline: October 15, 2015

The Partners of the Americas Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators have announced a new grant competition as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, an education initiative designed to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students. The SENA-CAF Competition for Colombia SENA Centers and U.S. Community Colleges: Advancing Study Abroad in Professional and Technical Training is supported through a generous contribution from SENA and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America (called SENA-CAF Competition). The National Service of Learning (Spanish: Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) (SENA) is a Colombian public institution focused in the development of programs to improve employment, providing free vocational and technical training. CAF is a development bank created in 1970, made up by 19 countries as well as 14 private banks in the region.

The SENA–CAF Competition is an effort on behalf of the United States and Colombia to construct long-term partnerships between innovative professional and technical training institutions in these two countries. The Competition’s Innovation Fund grants aim to promote and achieve the internationalization of training programs, curricula, and the institutions themselves via joint partnerships and collaborative initiatives.

The SENA–CAF Competition supports organizations that promote study abroad programs between the United States and Colombia in any field with a focus on programs that advance education and quality for the participants and the institutions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Innovation: programs or processes that facilitate and promote students and/or institutions to innovate and apply new technologies, solutions, programs, and ideas in relevant fields
  • Research: programs or processes that encourage students and/or institutions to carry out quality research and applied research to address practical, real-world problems
  • Differentiation: also known as differentiated learning or differentiation instruction, example include efforts to provide differentiated learning channels or tools for students of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds, gender, or learning abilities
  • Languages: this refers to activities that enhance language instruction and promote integral language learning, including innovative methodologies, learning and communicative tools, or language exchange opportunities

Amount: If is expected that five grants of $40,000 each will be awarded.

Eligibility: Community colleges and professional and technical training institutions located and legally registered in the U.S. and SENA centers in Colombia are eligible to apply.

Link: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/

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