Hosts for foreign students at CLC needed

Eighteen students from Central American and the Caribbean need hosts for the first year (2012-13) of their two-year educational commitment at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd.

The business management students expect to arrive in early August and be enrolled toward associate in applied science degrees before returning to their homes with new leadership and organizational skills.

The students will be housed together the second year in apartments near the campus.

Nine male and nine female students ages 18-23 were selected through the federal Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program.

Erich Heppner, director of student life at CLC, asks that families interested in hosting contact him at (218) 855-8260 or e-mail [email protected] to discuss considerations for language, space, transportation and a monthly stipend.

Students selected for CLC are: Mexico – Kenia Yareli Curachure Mojica, 18; Tomas Ruiz Enriquez, 19; Juana Maria Camacho Ortiz, 18; Rosenberg Rojas Ruiz, 19; El Salvador – Maria Hernandez, 19; Wilfredo Contreras, 18; José Navarro, 18; Nicaragua – José Tijerino, 18; Roberto Gonzalez, 19; Jordana Zuniga, 20; Guatemala – Lesvia Morales, 22; Edgar Rolando Tiu, 23; Haiti – Pierre Jn Baptiste, 22; Guerlin Bonamy, 22; and Dominican Republic – Nancy Melendez, 20; Rosa Paulino, 23 and Honduras – Leyla Castillo, 18 and Joselyn Velasquez, 18.

Central Lakes College is the only Minnesota school in 2012 to be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The college received a $604,737 grant.

The SEED scholarships provide training to youths and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically under-served populations, including women and ethnic/indigenous groups. The goal is to enable the students to become change agents in their countries’ development.