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Dallas Colleges Offer New International Honors Certificates

Dallas Colleges Offer New International Honors Certificates

The following article appeared in the spring newsletter of the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. It was written by Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa's Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning.

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) is expanding the international education opportunities for its high-achieving students through piloting Phi Theta Kappa's International Honors Certificates (IHC) program. 

International Honors Certificates are academically rigorous online courses developed at leading universities that allow students to develop a global understanding in a particular discipline or topic. Students complete the courses independently and at their own pace and earn specialization certificates from the university upon successful completion.

These valuable credentials can be earned in four disciplines: Global Entrepreneurship from UCLA, International Business Human Resources from the University of South Carolina, Organizational Leadership from the University of Johannesburg, and Contemporary China and Chinese Culture from the Beijing Language and Culture University. Choices will be expanding soon.

DCCCD launched the program to get more students engaged in international education to meet the needs of employers in the Dallas area.

"The International Honors Certificates program is a rigorous, elite university program made available through Phi Theta Kappa to all of our high-achieving students regardless of whether they are Phi Theta Kappa members," said Dr. Anna Mays, DCCCD Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Policy and Student Success. "The program provides valuable international credentials for our students to set them apart in a competitive environment."

Each of the IHC courses includes a capstone unit on International Leadership in Action & Discovery (ILIAD). Designed by Phi Theta Kappa, this unit guides community college honors students in the creation of a personally relevant, international, experiential learning plan and the development of leadership skills required to successfully implement and complete the plan. It also prepares students to complete scholarship applications to fund international experiences, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, serving as a launch pad to further develop a global mindset through an opportunity like study abroad.

Like the IHC courses, students complete the ILIAD capstone online through independent and self-paced study and earn a certificate upon successful completion.

The development of global knowledge and competencies through an IHC and ILIAD capstone facilitates breaking through the barriers that exist for community college students to gain the competitive advantages that international experience provides.

"The IHC program is designed to provide two-year college students with the global perspectives and experiences we know they need to be successful in a global economy," said Phi Theta Kappa's President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.

To add the IHC program to your campus, email

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