From the New York Times:
DOHA, Qatar — Ahmed Mohamed al-Hassan hit an educational glass ceiling. He needed a higher-education degree to move up the ladder at Aspire Logistics, the company that manages Doha’s massive sports complex. Although he had graduated from high school a decade before, his grade-point average was too low to enroll at Qatar University.
“There were no options,” said Mr. Hassan, 31. “If I wanted to study, I would have to leave my job.”
That changed in September 2010, however, when Qatar partnered with Houston Community College and opened the Community College of Qatar, the country’s first such college. Now, Mr. Hassan is the first in his family to go to college, mostly taking night classes as he continues to work full time. Complete text of article.
Dr. Mary Spangler, HCC Chancellor, Dr. Art Tyler, Deputy Chancellor, and Gigi Do, Executive Director, joined CCQ in Doha, Qatar, on May 15 to congratulate 11 CCQ graduates. It has been almost two years since the opening day of CCQ in September 12, 2010, and HCC since has hired over 75 HCC expats to serve CCQ in the capacity of administration, faculty, and staff.
“This has been a true labor of love for everyone at HCC to deliver this very important global mission for the people of Qatar”, said Ms. Gigi Do, who is also the HCC Program Director for the Community College of Qatar. Ms. Do has been with the CCQ program since the very beginning of signing of the HCC/CCQ agreement.
For complete coverage of Houston Community College Commencement 2012, check out www.hccs.edu/graduation2012.
The Community College of Qatar accepted student registrations for testing and orientation for classes at the new campus buildings in Doha for September 2010 enrollment.
Online coverage of graduation