The Utah Valley Community College Center for International Studies has received a federal grant to expand international programs and projects.

The college received a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for $108,000, which will be used for the internationalization of the curriculum and campus of UVCC over a two-year period.The grant is designed to accomplish a number of objectives, ranging from the establishment of an associate of arts degree in international studies to the creation of an International Resource Center on campus.

By taking many of the classes already offered by the college and creating modules to be used in a variety of courses, the classes could become "international," said Gustavo Estrada, assistant to the director in the Center for International Studies.

Two new classes will also be added to the curriculum - "The Politics of International Development" and "U.S. Foreign Policy and Practice."

Currently, the college offers classes in Spanish, French, Russian, German, Chinese and Japanese.

Another objective would be to enhance current classes. With the college only offering first-year classes in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. The college would use the first year of the grant to develop second-year courses for the two languages, Estrada said.

During the second year, culture courses in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese will be developed. In addition, materials for the new auto-tutorial instruction language lab will be acquired.

The creation of a campus International Resource Center will be the fourth and final objective to be met by the grant. Films, audio-visual materials, video cassettes and current-event materials from major regions of the world will be acquired for the center.