Promoting French-American ties and partnerships in Western Michigan
On September 25, Consul General Lacroix, along with Business France representative Nadeshda Musshafen and Honorary Consul for Michigan Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur, visited Western Michigan to boost cooperation in the fields of business, education and culture in Grand Rapids with local key players. This visit followed a stop at Oakland County Community College and Michigan State University in East Lansing.
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan welcomed Consul General Lacroix and Nadeshda Musshafen, VP Business France-Invest Central USA, to discuss France’s new business climate and transformation agenda, as well as French-U.S. relations during a luncheon with local business leaders.
"French-U.S. Relations: A Beneficial History and a Hopeful Future" was the theme of the presentation by Consul General Lacroix at Calvin College. Students, faculty, as well as francophones and francophiles from the greater Grand Rapids were present at the event. Following the formal discussion, guests had the opportunity to meet and with the Consul General.
Melissa Ebels (Aquinas) and Cristhel Gomez (Calvin) with the Consul General.
Consul Lacroix’s visit to Grand Rapids also included a meeting with the dynamic board of Directors of the Alliance Française. The place of the French language as well as its potential for expansion in the western region of Michigan were at the heart of the discussions.
Consul General Lacroix visited a French class as well as the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with Professor and Pastry Chef Gilles Renusson and Program Dirctor Werner Absenger during an impromptu tour of the GRCC!.
Consul General Lacroix and Honorary Consul of France in Michigan Mallebay-Vacqueur discussed possible partnerships at Oakland County Community College. "France believes in the high potential of the community colleges for economic ties" said Consul Lacroix.
The Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy have launched of a two-part program entitled “Community College in France” in 2016, in partnership with Community Colleges for International Development and the n+i network (50 top engineering schools network in France).