Wake Tech Administrator Named Fulbright Scholar

October 3rd, 2011


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Admissions Director Will Travel to Germany for Research, Networking

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 3, 2011) - Santrell Caison, Director of Admissions at Wake Tech, has received the prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrator award. Later this month, she will travel to Germany to learn about its education system and become part of a network of international colleagues. Fulbright is the flagship program for international educational exchange, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. It is designed to foster understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

Caison joins a distinguished group of college and university faculty and administrators named U.S. Fulbright Scholars this year. Recipients are selected for their academic and professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Caison leaves October 14 and will visit educational institutions in several cities, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Leipzig.

"The Fulbright Program will allow me to experience another country's education system firsthand," says Caison, "and give me perspective on our own system's strengths and weaknesses. With Wake Tech's international student population growing, it's critical that we understand - and learn from - other cultures and their approaches to teaching and learning."

Caison has worked at Wake Tech since 1998. Before becoming Director of Admissions, she served as International Student Coordinator for seven years. She says Wake Tech is an attractive option for international students because of its English as a Foreign Language program, its excellent college transfer programs, and its affordability. Currently, 310 international students are enrolled at Wake Tech on student visas, the second largest number in the NC Community College System. The students are from 68 countries, including Australia, Egypt, Madagascar and Zimbabwe; 108 students are from Korea alone.

Caison holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Xavier University and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of International Educators.

About the Fulbright Program:
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and currently operates in 155 countries worldwide. Fulbright scholars have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 43 Nobel Prizes.

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