Jungwon University and WITCC students
were all smiles during their visit.
The sounds of many languages resound
through Palmer's Davenport Campus
on most days, thanks to the campus'
international student population. But in
late January those languages were more
evident. Ten students from South Korea
and two from Egypt were visiting Palmer
along with officials from Jungwon
University, Chungbuk, South Korea,
and Western Iowa Tech Community
College (WITCC), Sioux City, Iowa,
where they are currently studying.
"Our international population is an
important part of bringing a diverse
culture to campus and chiropractic to
the world," says Anthony Schumacher,
Davenport Campus international
The group's journey to Palmer began
several years ago, when Terry Yi, D.C.,
who grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, started
a sports medicine program incorporating
chiropractic at Jungwon University in
South Korea. "I want chiropractic to
flourish in Korea and other Asian countries,"
Dr. Yi says. "This is one of the
biggest markets for chiropractic, but the
problem is that Asia doesn't know much
about chiropractic. This is my passion
and somebody has to do it. We need
more chiropractors in Asia."
Dr. Yi began a process to help more
students at Jungwon University become
chiropractors. "Some of my students were
really focused on a career in chiropractic,
and I wanted to bring them to Palmer,"
he says. But before they could matriculate
at Palmer, they needed to improve
their English. Dr. Yi partnered with
officials at Western Iowa Tech Community
College in Sioux City to bring
the Jungwon students to Iowa to study
English at WITCC, with the goal of
eventually enrolling at Palmer College's
Davenport Campus. In addition to
improving English language skills,
some of the students finish their prerequisites
at WITCC, while some are
ready to start at Palmer. In January
2012, Dr. Yi brought a group of 10
students to Palmer, and several of
them have already enrolled.
This unlikely partnership between
the three colleges has evolved, and on
January 25, 2013, Dr. Yi, along with two
officials from WITCC, brought 10 Korean
students originally from Jungwon who
are studying at WITCC, along with two
Egyptian students from WITCC, to spend
the day on the Davenport Campus.
In addition to participating in a full
campus visit, the WITCC officials signed
an articulation agreement with Palmer
to help WITCC students more easily
transfer to Palmer's Bachelor of Science
in general science program, which is
earned in conjunction with a Doctor
of Chiropractic degree. "We believe that
a student can start their education at
WITCC no matter their intended educational
goal," says WITCC's Division
Chair of Arts and Sciences Darin Moeller.
"Articulation agreements are key for us
in developing educational pathways for
students so they can see a clear academic
plan that meets their goals."
Added Palmer's Articulation Coordinator
Sandy Miller: "Building relationships
with quality institutions like Jungwon
University and Western Iowa Tech
will benefit students in meeting their
educational goals as well as enhance
the leadership we enjoy today. The
curriculum agreement provides advisors
and educators with the tools to assist a
student in meeting their goal of becoming
a Doctor of Chiropractic."
While at Palmer, the group from Sioux
City participated in a Korean-language
campus tour and enjoyed lunch with
members of the college's Korean Club.
They also heard from Palmer administrators,
faculty members and Admissions
Department staff members. "I learned a
great deal about the history of chiropractic
and Palmer's primary role in the
profession's development," Mr. Moeller
adds. "It's a top-notch institution with
outstanding facilities and staff."
Their visit to Palmer made an impression
on the students as well. One has
already enrolled and will begin classes
in November 2013, and several others
are completing their prerequisites at
WITCC with the intention of enrolling
at Palmer as soon as they are finished.