By Chelsea Lindquist, Communications Specialist
Are you looking for an unforgettable cultural experience for your family? Then consider becoming a host family for a Chinese student.
Bates Technical College will hold its fourth USA English as a Second Language and Cultural Academy from July 15-Aug. 14. Forty-two students and teachers from Liaoning University in northern China, Wuxi Professional College and Shanghai Maritime University, both in southern China, will visit Tacoma to become immersed in American culture.
Students will receive English lessons at the college and will accompany college representatives on numerous excursions to places such as Mt. Rainier, the State Capitol and Pike Place Market, in an effort to expose them to the Northwest region.
“The students are coming from thousands of miles away,” said international education coordinator Barbara Kuhn. “Our goal is to ensure that each of our visitors from China will have an exciting and fun educational experience in the Northwest.”
Kuhn says host families are essential to the academy’s success. “Host families provide the students with an introduction to American culture and family life,” she said.
Families must be willing to take two students into the home, transport them by 8 a.m. Monday-Friday to Bates’ South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St. in Tacoma, for English class. Host families should provide meals for students, except lunch Monday-Friday. In turn, host families will receive compensation for hosting two students for the month.
For more information or to arrange to host students, contact Barbara Kuhn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 253.680.7183.
About Bates Technical College
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.