Hartnell College is looking for local families who would like to host Japanese students planning to study at the local college in early 2005.
The students - part of the Japanese Agricultural Training Program - will study agricultural and vegetable crops as well as English for three months, beginning Jan. 8.
"The integration into an American family is an important part of the students' time in the United States," according to Joanne Venegas, coordinator of the program. "It also is a very rewarding time for the host families, many of whom have hosted students since the program began in 1972," she added. Families are compensated for food and lodging expenses.
If interested in hosting a student, call Venegas at (831) 755-6890.
The Hartnell agricultural program is part of a two-year work/study training program sponsored by the Japanese Agricultural Exchange Council of Tokyo for Japanese high school and college graduates interested in agriculture.
While at Hartnell, the students will attend classes in soil science, vegetable crops and California agriculture five days a week, visit Salinas Valley farms, and tour agricultural facilities in central and southern California, according to Cicely McCreight, executive director of the Hartnell College Foundation, which is supporting the visit.
The program is financed by the trainees themselves with a supplement from the Japanese government for administrative expenses. There is no cost to Hartnell College.