Central Lakes College students in the Community Colleges for International Development program recently enjoyed a weekend tour of the Lake Superior North Shore. According to Erich Heppner, CLC student activities director, the international students were hosted by friends of CLC speech instructor Jann Stumbo in the Silver Bay area. They visited several Minnesota state parks, including Splitrock Lighthouse and enjoyed fantastic, unseasonably warm autumn weather. During the paid year of attendance at CLC, each student participates in 15 credit hours per semester and at least 60 hours of unpaid internships as well as volunteer activities. A key component is leadership and acquisition of knowledge essential to economic and democratic development for their home nations. The program was created to reinforce the community college role in building international ties that enable nations to move forward economically and politically.