Hillsborough Community College looking for local families to take in foreign students by Mitch E. Perry06/30/06
Hillsborough Community College is looking for families in the Tampa Bay Area to host international studies who will be studying at the Campus beginning in August.
Itâ€™s part of HCCâ€™s involvement with the Peace Scholarship Program, which is designed to prepare 20 students from Latin American and Carribean countries to learn electronic or manufacturing engineering in Tampa for the next 2 years. The commitment for local families is to host these students would be for 9 months.
Jaime Guerra is with HCCâ€™s CASS Program. The CASS Program is a scholarship agreement between Georgetown University and Hillsborough Community College, and has been in effect for over 20 years. HCC is one of 9 colleges around the U.S. that provides technical training for students who win scholarships. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?with host familiesâ€?)
There will be 7 woman and 13 men, coming to attend Hillsborough Community College, from ages 18 to 25 â€¦The students are all from rural areas of their home countries, like Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico , Haiti and Nicaragua.
HCCâ€™s Jaime Guerra says the idea is to make these young people agents of change within their own communities (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?bring new hopeâ€?)
Families that are chosen will receive a $200 monthly stipend to offset the costs of the scholarship â€¦For those who might interested in learning more about hosting such a student, you can call 813-259-6593