30 delegates welcomed for cultural exchange program
■ Mt. Sj College / Contributed
On Friday Aug. 24, Mt. San Jacinto College welcomed a delegation from China as part of an effort to build cultural, educational and business opportunities in the district.
The nearly 30 delegates included 24 college-age students from the College Entrepreneur Training Program from Hunan, China. The remaining delegates were Jianfeng Huang, Wenwei Liang, Qing Liu and Shuai Hu from GuangZhou China. The group is seeking opportunities to collaborate with the cities of Menifee, Temecula, and Murrieta and MSJC in the areas of culture, educational, technology, and arts.
“We are thrilled to have this cultural exchange and pursue opportunities for future partnerships with the College Entrepreneur Training Program,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, superintendent/president of MSJC. “These are the types of collaborations that open doors for MSJC students and the students from China to build stronger futures.”
The Chinese students are part of an exchange program with the Yamei Academy of Excellence and the SoCal I.S.P. (International Student Placement) & California Homestay, two Murrieta-based organizations that provided homes and trainings for the students. As part of the exchange, the group spent three days at a college or university, including Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA Extension. The group toured the campuses, attended lectures, and experienced the American college lifestyle.
The students also attended the YESplace (Young Entrepreneur Success Place) in Murrieta. The YESplace is an outreach project of the Saturday Morning Foundation, an organization dedicated toward improving our local economies through educating and inspiring business owners, according to the web site.
During their visit to MSJC, they toured the new Eagle MakerSpace at the Menifee Valley Campus. The space provides hands-on, innovative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as part of science, technology, engineering and math studies. They also toured the new building MSJC purchased in Temecula that will open for classes in 2020.
“We look forward to building an entrepreneurship program with MSJC, so the next group of college students from Hunan will be hosted at MSJC,” said Annie Xiang, owner of Yamei Academy of Excellence.