Release Date: September 17, 2008
Contact: Phebe Shen, EvCC English Instructor, 425-388-9410; email@example.com
EvCC Welcomes Seven Egyptian Students
EVERETT, WA – Seven students from Egypt will spend the year studying at Everett Community College through a international student exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The students will stay for the 2008-09 academic year as part of a Community College International Development, Inc. initiative for Egypt, a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nationwide, almost 200 students from Egypt are participating in the program this year.
The students, who all have education and work experience in their fields, are perfecting their English skills, as well as learning how their professions are practiced in the United States. Their interests include business administration, journalism, public relations and multimedia.
"I hope this practical study will qualify me for many job opportunities," wrote public relations student Samah Salah El Din Hassaan Mansur, of Cairo, who is seeking a certificate to expand her career options.
Also visiting from Cairo is journalism student Samah Mostafa, who wrote that she came because she likes “to travel, know new people, and different cultures.”
Students Abdel Monsif El Sayed Mohamed, Islam El Masry, Ahmed Mohamed, and Eid Ramadan El Kasas are studying business administration. Waleed El Kishky is studying journalism, and Hany Hammouda Omar Barghout is studying multimedia.
The group is staying in Everett apartments, furnished in part with donations from Everett Community College faculty and staff. Each student has been paired with a faculty or staff host.
The college and its students will benefit from the knowledge and experience of the seven visitors, said Phebe Shen, who is coordinating the program for EvCC.
"They have a lot of knowledge about their fields, and they'll be a great addition to their classrooms. They’ll be really able to give a lot of perspective about the subject areas they’re studying," she said.