International Scholars to Arrive Soon in Multnomah County:
MHCC Seeks Families to Host Students
Posted: August 8, 2011
If you are interested in learning about a new culture – and sharing yours with an international student – Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) has an opportunity for you.
Each year, MHCC works with government officials and others to bring visiting students to the local area as part of the SEED program (Scholarship for Education and Economic Development). SEED students live with host families and attend classes at MHCC.
“We need more families to host 19 students that will soon be coming this month from Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua,” says Nikki Gillis, MHCC SEED program coordinator. “It’s a great international experience that you can have right here in our own community.” If you are interested in hosting a student in your home for nine months, please contact Gillis at 491-7505. Host families receive a $280 monthly stipend to help offset costs.
Planting a SEED for a Rich Harvest
SEED (formerly known as CASS) is a partnership that brings Central American and Caribbean students to Oregon for two years of study in environmental technology. After graduation, they return to their home countries to work as leaders in the environmental preservation and economic development of their communities. Program sponsors include Georgetown University, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Central American and Caribbean countries, and community-based organizations including Mt. Hood Community College.
SEED scholars go through an intensive and highly-competitive screening process and are recommended by recognized leaders within their communities. These students are not from privileged backgrounds, but instead have distinguished themselves academically, and through proven dedication to community involvement, personal responsibility and outstanding leadership.
A Great Way to Make an International Connection
A current SEED scholar says, “When I go home I will see my country with new eyes. I’ve learned so much about the U.S., and maybe I know even more about my home than I did before. I wish there were more programs like this for people all over the world. You gain so much.” Daysis Yulissa Guerro Avala, from the Dominican Republic is in her second year at MHCC.
“Hosting a SEED scholar means you not only enrich the lives of your family and the student you host, but you are also contributing to the overall development of the Central American and Caribbean region of the world. Often, the students and host families develop lasting friendships,” says Gillis.
Host families are needed immediately. Please contact Gillis for more information.