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Lake Erie College students studied in Colombia

Several Lake Erie College students traveled to Manizales and Bogota, Colombia from May 15-24, 2010 to study entrepreneurship and cultural and business practices. Dr. Ángela González-Echeverry, assistant professor of Spanish, created and taught a Global Entrepreneurship course this past semester that included this 10-day trip.

Each student in the course chose a specific topic to focus on regarding entrepreneurship or cultural practices. After conducting extensive amounts of research to compile investigations, the students were able to travel to Colombia to visit the actual places that were studied.

While in Colombia, the students visited The Chamber of Commerce of Manizales, coffee plantations, Super de Alimentos (candy producer), RIDUCO (plastic manufacturer), La Victoria Bakery, La Liquorera (liquor industry) and a bilingual high school.

“This class was truly a very unique experience and wonderful opportunity to learn about global entrepreneurship in an innovative way,” said Amber Adache.

The various cultural activities the students engaged in were a Papa Boco concert, and visits to the Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) and Fernando’s art museum in Bogota.

“These cultural experiences helped students to learn how to operate and manage businesses with a global and cultural perspective,” said Dr. Ángela González-Echeverry.

The students who participated in the class and trip included Amber Adache, Torre Bogan, Andrea Callendar, Bryan Halko, Chrissy Miller, Stephanie Morgan, Rachel Smallwood, Jennifer Walters and Catherine Weaver. Several Lake Erie professors were also involved with the course such as Cliff Somerville, Steve Gutierrez, Dr. Marie Francosky and Dr. Michele Egan.   

A story about the students visit entitled “Cultural Visit” was featured in La Patria (The Homeland) in Manizales, Colombia can be found at For more information, contact Amber Adache at

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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