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Campion Academy goes international
Campion Academy has teamed up with WISE (Washington International Student Experience), which operates within the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. They provide opportunities for non-English speaking students to study in a supportive, quality Christian environment. The vision is to provide opportunities for cultural exchange between American and international students while strengthening a long-term relationship with other countries. We understand that the number of international students brought to our campus needs to be at a controlled and intentional level so as not to change our campus environment, but to add a dimension of cultural experience to our current and future domestic students.
As a representative of Campion Academy, I was able to travel with WISE and other partnering schools to Korea in October 2013, and to China and Korea in March 2014. The goal was to meet a variety of agents, who operate businesses which contact students and make arrangements for them to study abroad, and specifically in the United States. It was the beginning of a relationship building venture, designed to introduce and present the opportunities that Campion Academy can provide to international students. This was not a “one time and done” interaction, but most likely will be the beginning of an ongoing relationship building journey. In order for the agents to feel comfortable with our school, we need to continue interacting and developing our connections with those agents.
In addition to numerous agents, we were able to visit a number of schools, both Adventist and non-Adventist. We met with government officials and business men and women. We attended international educational fairs, where parents and students attend to seek out potential international schools. We traveled and associated with several partnering Adventist schools, all with the same goal in mind … to reach out to international students, with the ultimate vision of bringing them to study in our Christian environment where they not only learn English, but be introduced to Seventh-day Adventist Christianity.
We are hopeful that these relationships will help provide students in separate platforms: 1) Long term students; 2) Summer camps; 3) Exchange programs. All 3 areas are unique programmatically, but they all get students to our campus for the experience and exposure. Some students might stay in the dormitories, while other students would stay with host families.
This is still in the developmental stages, but we have our foot in the door and are thankful that WISE has allowed us to partner with them. Two of the leaders with WISE, Lon Gruesbeck and Lynda Kim, recently visited our campus and are excited to have us in their partnership. We pray that God will continue leading this endeavor so that He can be shared with many.
— Dean Helm, V.P. of Finance for Campion Academy