Magazine article Momentum

Going Global: Expanding Our Marketplace Niche Builds Enrollment

Magazine article Momentum

Going Global: Expanding Our Marketplace Niche Builds Enrollment

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In a competitive marketplace with a myriad of excellent public and private schools available to inquiring families, going global has given Melbourne Central Catholic High School an attractive niche in the local community. Overall, students'interest in a total MCC experience has grown as students and families are looking for new opportunities to expand their horizons and explore more possibilities for university and career choices. In addition to a well-respected international student program, MCC has an ongoing partnership with Aquinas Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland where students and chaperones visit each other in Belfast and in Melbourne; is establishing yearly mission trips with St. Patrick's, an Adopt-A-School in St. Croix; offers student travel opportunities in the summer; and welcomes students from Brazil who attend classes for one month in January of each year.

MCC is in the business of formation, not just education. We are focused on the development of the whole person sitting in the classroom - academically, spiritually, athletically, artistically and emotionally. Being more globally minded and prepared for an ever-changing complex world and marketplace, we believe our students will be ready to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead when they head off to college. Through our international program and other world view initiatives, we believe all of our students are receiving a healthy dose of the world in and outside of Melbourne, Florida.

MCC's international program has been well received by the MCC community and this year has students who speak in 21 different native languages. With students enrolled from 15 different countries, the global influence on our total student body is significant and has impacted where students are looking to attend college.

"The number of colleges and universities that our students have been accepted to has increased to 35 states and countries, which is a substantial increase over previous years," according to Susan Riebsame, Student Services Director. "Our international students have opened the eyes of our American students to a world of possibilities for both universities and careers," she said. "Our American students are now looking for colleges that offer semester abroad programs as important criteria when selecting a university."

MCC's program has earned the reputation of being one of the best coordinated programs throughout the international community, with an annual retention rate of over 90 percent. We believe having a wellorganized program brings with it many positive results for our entire student population. Not only has it expanded all of our students' horizons, it has enhanced our daily environment to be more inclusive and welcoming.

Kevin Sang from Shanghai, China, has been at MCC since his junior year. Kevin was attracted to attending high school in the United States because, he said, the teaching philosophy here is quite different than in China. "Students here are encouraged to be well-rounded in their achievements rather than just merely striving to get higher scores," Kevin explained, "and this is exactly what I am looking for. I want to challenge myself to see if I can be truly independent in a country that I am totally unfamiliar with."

Kevin's experience at MCC has afforded him a great opportunity to learn as much as possible about U.S. students and our culture. …

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