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Higgins Meets with Swedish Students Visiting Jamestown
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Higgins Meets with Swedish Students Visiting Jamestown

Congressman’s Office Cleared Way for Students’ US Trip

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) made a stop at Jamestown Community College (JCC) to meet with Swedish students visiting from Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) as well as local students involved in the College Access Academy which is supported by the federal College Access Challenge Grant program. 

“The experiences provided through this type of program go far beyond anything that can be taught in the classroom,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We welcome the students to this region.  The Western New York community and Chautauqua County in particular offer unique opportunities to explore the best of characteristics this nation.” 

Congressman Higgins’ Jamestown office reached out to federal agencies to help the 173 Swedish youth visiting JCC this summer to receive the visas necessary to make the trip to Jamestown possible.  After learning of difficulties the program was encountering, working with JCC, Higgins’ office contacted the Stockholm Consulate to facilitate approval of the students’ B-2 Visas.

JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque said, "We're grateful to Congressman Higgins and his team for their assistance in allowing JCC to strengthen a partnership with a nation that represents the heritage of so many area residents. The JCC-IES program supports the college's strategic priority of developing global perspectives."

The International Engelska Skolan, which focuses on the teaching of the English language, was founded by Ms. Barbara Bergstrom.  This is the first year the school will host a summer camp in the U.S.  Ms. Bergstrom and her husband Dr. Hans Bergstrom spend summers in Chautauqua County and initiated this partnership with JCC. 

The youth, who range in age from 12-18 and their teachers each spend two weeks in Jamestown for a visit that will allow them to experience America and fully immerse themselves in the English language.  Plans include a visit to Niagara Falls, hikes in the Alleghenies, visiting the YMCA Camp at Lake Chautauqua and engaging in typical American sports.  Several groups of 30 students will visit the area over the summer.  The first group began on June 20th and the last will leave Sweden for the U.S. on Monday, August 1.

The program is not only a good educational opportunity for the students but also represents an economic opportunity for the region. 

 

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