We’re shining a spotlight on some of our international students. With this Q&A series you’ll get to know these students through their own words. They’re sharing their experiences, why they chose SPSCC, and what their goals are.
Our first Q&A is from Lucas Lee, an international student from Korea.
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Article via South Sound Magazine
By Antoinette Alexander
To honor nurses in the time of COVID-19, local allied health organizations have made donations to the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation to help cover the cost of all National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) testing fees for the entire graduating class of SPSCC’s 37 nursing students.
In 2017, SPSCC students voted to create a Health & Wellness Center at the college's Olympia Campus, funded by student fees. Construction is nearing completion and, despite a pause in construction this spring, is still expected to be complete in summer 2020. The new space gives the college an opportunity to expand intramural activities and club sports, and opens the possibilities for more kinds of for-credit PE classes.
Deena Benmouloud is a 17-year-old Running Start student via Capital High School, something she has wanted to do since middle school. “I was excited to start the college experience early on and be able to get a head start on life. It was the best decision I have ever made and changed my life.”
Isaac Zhang first came to SPSCC as an international student from China in fall 2018. By the following Fall Quarter, he took his experience to the next level and became a peer mentor for other international students.
“There’s a lot of isolation and loneliness that students face,” the 18-year-old student explained about his decision to become a peer mentor. “Students are away from their friends, their families, their country, and the culture they know.”
The COVID-19 health crisis has impacted our daily lives and presented us with opportunities of how we can serve others during this moment in history. One SPSCC Medical Assisting student is doing her part to help in any way she can. Gwendolynne (we’ll call her Gwen) Cross is enrolled in the evening cohort of the Medical Assisting program.
SPSCC has received $2.6 million in federal funding in response to COVID-19. The funding comes from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which was passed by Congress on March 27.
Nearly $1.5 million of the funding awarded to SPSCC will be used for student emergency aid, such as technology, tuition support, food, housing, health care, child care, and other basic needs. The remaining funds will be used on college coronavirus-related expenses, including technology costs associated with SPSCC’s transition to increased distance education.
Aritcle via The Olympian
South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College will celebrate spring commencement virtually this June.
Nearly 1,500 SPSCC graduates will be honored at its virtual event at 10 a.m. June 20, as well as on a special new graduation website.