A warm welcome for OWJC students

Photo by Jessica Crawford

Okinawa Women’s Junior College students pose for a picture.

Many heads turned when students from the Okinawa Women’s Junior College (OWJC) visited WCC in early March.

Only here for two days, the students of OWJC — most of them enrolled in elementary education — sat in on various classes here on campus.

“I’m very excited! This is my first time in Hawai‘i,” said one student. “Hawai‘i is similar to Okinawa in a lot of ways, but it’s much hotter here.”

Many students said they had lots of fun and want to return in the future.

International education coordinator Toshi Ikagawa hopes that WCC students will one day be given the opportunity to go to Okinawa as they can now for Japan and other Asian countries.

Photo by Jessica Crawford

Students watch intently as Paul Nash teaches the art of ceramics.

Ikagawa encourages students to take a chance and apply for study abroad programs.

“Last year four of the ten selected applicants (for the Freeman Scholarship) were from WCC because not many people applied, so you never know what might happen,” said Ikagawa.

While the deadlines for most Study Abroad programs have already passed, the Monbugakusho Scholarship is still available until April 25.

This three-year paid program spans from April 2016 to March 2019, and will teach you Japanese for one year before you spend two years studying your selected field.

For more information, please visit http://uhcc.hawaii.edu/studyabroad/monbugakusho.php. If you’re interested in any of the other programs, consider applying for them next year.

by Eric Levine, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter