International Education Week celebrates culture; Mexican students welcomed

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International students from Mexico, pictured above, recently arrived at Hawai‘i Community College for a 5-week stay. Click here for more photos of International Education Week. 

Hawai’i Community College celebrated International Education Week (IEW) on November 12 and November 13 with two days of fun and educational events. IEW is celebrated annually at Hawai’i CC, and the theme this year was “Exploring Our Origins.” With an International Coffee and Tea Tasting, dancing, a well-attended World Culture Night, and more, the event was a true success. IEW was a great opportunity to celebrate the more than 80 international students who attend Hawai’i CC programs, which gives the college the second highest number of international students out of the seven University of Hawai’i Community College campuses.

The International Education Committee would like to extend a heartfelt mahalo to all who participated in this yearʻs International Education Week (IEW). In particular, we thank the Hawai`i Community College Student Council and Student Life Program for sponsoring the event. Additionally, we would like to recognize Joel Paula for his generosity and expertise in providing salsa lessons, Neal Uehara and Joseph Zappala for their sound system assistance, Chef Okuda and the culinary students of Hawai`i Community College for their delicious preparation of foods from around the world, Chef Brian and the second year culinary students for creating an internationally themed special at the Corner Café, World Culture Night presenters: Nealson Keju and Merisa Debrum (The Marshalls); Penilotu Folau and Krissy Vete (Tonga); D`Anna Asher (Morocco); Luana Lavata`i and Peter Kulberg (Samoa); Josmina Alika (Kosrae); Xinyue Wen (China); Lily Chan-Harris (Hong Kong); Pamela Scheffler & Sons (India); and Carrie Mospens (Mexico& Ireland),  Lealanimelemoana Galvin for designing the flyers and tickets for IEW, and Thatcher Moats for being our official photographer.  Get ready for future activities!

Hawai’i CC Welcomes Students from Mexico

Hawai`i Community College was selected to participate in “Proyecta 100,000”, a project designed to promote bilateral cooperation in higher education, innovation and scientific research between Mexico and the United States. Proyecta 100,000 is a scholarship program sponsored by the Mexican government, academia and the private sector that is promoting English language fluency among Mexican university students and teachers. The ultimate goal of the project is to send 100,000 Mexican students to the U.S. There are currently 7500 Proyecta 100,000 scholars studying English as a Second Language at 194 universities and community colleges throughout the United States.

Hawai`i Community College recently welcomed 11 visiting Proyecta 100,000 scholars from the Mexican state of Puebla. Over a 5-week period, these students from Mexico will study in the Intensive English Program as well as participate in campus events such as International Education Week. There will be excursions to Hapuna Beach, Volcanoes National Park, paddling with the University Canoe Club on Hilo Bay, and volunteer activities with Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, and the Mauna Kea Visitor Information center for astronomy. They will also meet with Hilo Bay Rotary Club members.

The Proyecta 100,000 students will present gifts to Hawai’i County mayor Billy Kenoi from the mayor of Huejotxingo, Mexico. Some students have expressed interest in returning to Hawaii to study in the future. There is also interest in helping Hawaii CC to develop study abroad opportunities for UHCC students at universities in the state of Puebla, Mexico.

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