NWC News Desk

NWC seeks family hosts for athletes and international students

Posted July 24, 2008

P O W E L L, W y o. - Northwest College is looking for a few good families-individuals interested in serving as hosts to student-athletes and international students.

The concept behind Northwest's successful International Friendship Program (IFP), one that has linked area families with international students for many years, is being cloned this year to introduce the concept for student athletes, according to Robbi Welch, NWC Annual Giving Coordinator.

"Volunteer families would welcome students to the community, include them in an occasional home-cooked meal or at holidays, perhaps take them on outdoor excursions, and encourage them in their academic and athletic endeavours," Welch said. "With only about a month before students arrive for the fall semester, we hope to hear from several interested area families to help build this program."

Piloting the program this fall with Men's Basketball and Volleyball Teams, Welch said Wrestling and Women's Basketball would be added in the future.

Harriet Bloom-Wilson, initiator of the concept at Northwest College, reminds NWC supporters that even more families are sought for international students this year.

"We expect a record number of new international students this fall from Asia, Europe and Latin America who would like to have a connection to the community beyond the campus," said Bloom-Wilson, the college's international student recruiter/advisor who is also assistant professor of French. "The program has helped share other cultures and, in some cases, has resulted in long-term relationships."

To help start the Trapper Family Program, e-mail Men's Basketball Coach Andy Ward  or call 754.6210. To expand the family hosting program for international students, e-mail Harriet Bloom-Wilson or call 754-6429.