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Franklin and Urbana Universities Host Commencement for Pilot Group of ESL Immersion Graduates

Columbus, OH (December 16, 2016)

Franklin and Urbana Universities hosted a commencement ceremony on Monday, Dec. 12, celebrating the completion of the two universities’ pilot group of Blue Horizon Business and Culture ESL Immersion Program students.  The 24 students, from the National Technological Institute at Misantla (ITSM) just completed the unique immersion program, which included engagement with local business and industry. (for video footage see

The distinctive program was designed to provide ITSM students in STEM fields with intensive language study along with field visits that include lectures with science, business, engineering, manufacturing and technology experts. These site visits are then developed into business-focused project-based classroom assignments, constructed as hands-on opportunities for students to apply their newly acquired language and professional skills.

Speaking at the commencement ceremony, were:

•           Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University
•           Dr. George Lucas, President, Urbana University
•           Dr. Alberto Gaytan Garcia, Misantla Tech President
•           Dr. Luis Galarza, Exec. Director of Market Development, Franklin University
•           Diana Gabriela Itzel Jimenez Hernandez, graduating student speaker
•           Eduardo Salvador Rios Ramos, graduating student speaker

The graduating students received certificates of completion followed by a celebratory luncheon with their program faculty and representatives from both universities. Also in attendance at the celebration were Camilo Grau, Head of State of Veracruz TecNM Legal Affairs, and Jorge Sanchez Cataño, Deputy Consul at Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis, International Affairs

This pilot group of ITSM students were able to participate in this program through the signing of a formal partnership agreement with the Veracruz Directorate of Technology Education (DET) of Veracruz, Mexico. Through partnerships such as this, Franklin University, Urbana University and DET can fulfill their altruistic responsibility to train a new workforce on both sides of the border to meet growing demands in energy, telecommunications, technological innovation and other areas.  (For more on this partnership agreement, visit the partnership announcement at

This group of students spent their program time residing on the campus of Urbana University (a division of Franklin). Through this residential approach, students receive the benefit of curriculum expertise combined with traditional university campus life that produces the opportunity for students to interact with Urbana’s other international students living on campus. Through these various program activities and residential experiences, students receive a true cultural and linguistic immersion experience. To see a sample of their site visits and cultural experiences, visit the

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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