- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - More than a dozen presidents of Illinois community colleges will be heading to Cuba in February to learn about the country’s education system.

The new president of Black Hawk College in western Illinois will be among them. Bettie Truitt says she will explore possible exchange opportunities for students at Black Hawk, located in Moline.

Truitt says the trip was planned before President Barack Obama’s announcement this month that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations.

Altogether, 14 Illinois community college presidents will take part in the Feb. 15-22 trip sponsored by Illinois Community College Board.

The (Moline) Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1wqKARI ) that the group will visit traditional schools, art schools and a medical school.

They’ll also attend lectures on culture and teaching and tour Havana.

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com

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