Rauscher chosen for abroad Student Support Services program

(06-15-2009)

Brian Rauscher, director of the Adams State College Student Support Services is traveling to England for the Council of Opportunity and Education 2009 International Leadership Program, "World Citizenship: Building Leadership Skills in a Multicultural Society", at the University of Liverpool.

Rauscher said he hopes his experiences will encourage current Adams State SSS students to expand their education horizons. "Foreign travel is an eye-opener. I believe our students would benefit tremendously from a study abroad program."

According to the COE website, the Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income students enter college and graduate.

This is the ninth year COE and the University of Liverpool have offered the three-week course. Attending the conference are students from higher education institutions across the United States, including University of Utah, University of South Carolina, University of North Texas, Colorado Mountain College, University of New Mexico, Colorado State University, Washington State University, and San Diego State University.

The program, based out of the University of Liverpool campus, will include travel to London, Liverpool, Antwerp, and Amsterdam. Rauscher will chaperone the college students, attend classes, and tutor them in their studies. His travel expenses, program activities, room, admission fees, local transportation, and most meals will be covered by COE. He said the $10,000 student tuition is often offset by scholarships in the amount of $5,000.

Out of approximately 25 leader applicants, only two were accepted. "I am looking forward to the event and learning different perspectives on education principles and teaching," Rauscher said.

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By Linda Relyea