Sharing Ideas: Herb Burns Takes His Expertise To Russia

Forsyth Tech Instructor is honored as a Fulbright Scholar.

In March, Design Technologies Department Chair Herb Burns was one of a select few community college instructors and administrators who participated in the 2014 Russia Community College Administrators Seminar, a project of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. This program allows experts from across the United States to go to Russia in order to help that country understand how our community college system works. Currently Russia has no educational system equivalent to our community colleges, and this trip provided an opportunity for Herb and his colleagues to explain the unique collaboration that occurs between America’s community colleges and our nation’s industrial and manufacturing companies. Herb and the others also

discussed opportunities for collaboration with their Russian counterparts.

The trip lasted two weeks and involved making presentations and conducting seminars in four cities: Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Meetings were arranged with Russian university and college representatives, local administrators, and business and community representatives in those cities. The group also participated in short excursions, cultural activities, and other related events.

As a Fulbright grantee, Herb joins the ranks of many other distinguished participants in the Program. Fulbright scholars rank among our nation’s most honored academics, with 53 having won Nobel Prizes. We congratulate Herb Burns on his selection to this prestigious group, and thank him for bringing yet another accolade to Forsyth Tech.