Tom Termes, industrial technology department chair at Black Hills State University, will be traveling this October to the People’s Republic of China as part of the People to People Ambassador Program.  He will be in China to visit Chinese educators and technical schools in three different cities.  Termes describes the trip as “an experience of a lifetime”.

People to People was created by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  Since then, it has allowed thousands of Americans to visit countries all over the world as People to People delegates.  The program allows delegates from all over the United States to interact and share their expertise with other countries.

Termes’ trip has been arranged by Dr. Gary Meers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  The trip will focus on the methods that China uses to address their enormous need for technically trained individuals.  Termes will visit several schools, including schools in Beijing, Guizhou, Jixum, and Shanghai.  Termes will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Chinese Society of Vocational and Technical Education. 

Termes received his master’s degree in industrial education of Ball State University.  He has been a member of BHSU faculty since 1989.  Termes was recently selected as “Educator of the Year” by the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (SDACTE).

For more information about the trip, contact Tom Termes at TomTermes@bhsu.edu or 642-6498.