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Host families needed

Eighteen students from Central American and the Caribbean
will need hosts for the first year of their two-year educational commitment at
Central Lakes College, 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. Nine male
and nine female students ages 18-23 were selected through the federal Scholarships
for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program. 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 students will come
from Mexico (four), El Salvador (three), Nicaragua (three), Guatemala (two), Haiti
(two), Dominican Republic (two), and Honduras (two). Sixteen are from rural
areas and two reside in urban communities.

The SEED scholarships provide training to youth 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.
            Erich Heppner, director of
student life at CLC, asks that families interested in hosting contact him at
(218) 855-8260 or email eheppner@clcmn.edu to discuss considerations for language,
space, transportation, and a monthly stipend.
            Students selected for CLC:
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; Jose’ Navarro, 18.
            Nicaragua – Jose’
Tijerino, 18; Roberto Gonzalez, 19; Jordana Zuniga, 20.
            Guatemala – Lesvia Morales,
22; Edgar Rolando Tiu, 23.
            Haiti – Pierre Jn
Baptiste, 22; Guerlin Bonamy, 22.
Dominican Republic – Nancy Melendez, 20; Rosa
Paulino, 23.
            Honduras – Leyla Castillo,
18; Joselyn Velasquez, 18.

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