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ROUNDUP: February 27, 2018

STEM studies in Europe

French consulate pays for students to study abroad JACKSON HAYANO Reporter @hayanojackson Have you ever dreamed about taking a break from classes to stroll the romantic streets of Paris or to sunbathe on the beautiful French Riviera? If you have, then your dreams might not be too far from reality. Pierce College, in collaboration with the French Consulate, is offering several types of studyabroad programs that range from a few weeks to a few years in France. These programs include a two-week bootcamp, a month-long stay, or a four-year study program to obtain a degree in a certain field. The first program, the twoweek bootcamp, is paid for by the French government. These bootcamps, which are held in Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Caen, offer classes in sciences and engineering. Students interested will have to send in an application that will be reviewed by the consulate. Students accepted into the program will be able to attend conferences and will be introduced to French companies who they might wish to work for in the future. Instructor of Modern Languages Denis Pra said that he hopes the bootcamps grow to include non-

STEM major programs. “The consulate is planning to expand [the bootcamps] to humanities,” Pra said. “Many students are more interested in history, architecture and fashion [than in STEM programs]. They might expand by next year.” The second program is a month long stay in France. Students can apply to different colleges throughout the country and are free to choose which subject they wish to study. Olivier Ngo, the French Language Attaché at the French Embassy, says that this program is extremely popular for Americans. “This program is accessible to anyone,” Ngo said. “We have hundreds of these [programs]. You can choose to spend a month or two in a particular city studying anything - fashion, engineering, wine, etc. There are also language classes. You can visit some French companies and interact with French people and students.” The colleges offer Englishlanguage classes, so even those speaking little-to-no French can study in France. This program is not paid for by the French government, but cost shouldn’t deter those looking for an authentic study-abroad experience.

“It’s not super expensive,” Ngo said. “It will be about 1,500 to 2,000 U.S. dollars [for a few weeks].” The third program is offered to students who wish to fully immerse themselves in French culture and obtain a degree in France. Aside from studying, students will also be introduced to French companies and will be able to find employment working in a job that is related to their field of study. “After getting their AA at Pierce, they can apply to continue their studies in France. The first year is dedicated mostly for the language,” Professor Pra said. “They will go to classes [taught] in French to be totally immersed.” Olivier Ngo said that the first year of study, which is based on French-language classes, will not be paid for by the French government, but the following three years will. Housing costs have to be paid for by the students, but Mr. Ngo assured that the wages they make working for French companies will be more than enough to cover their housing and transportation needs.

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Vintage Market Brahma Rundown Blotter

These incidents were reported between Feb. 16-23

Reported by: Alexis Canelo and Sofi Matzaganian

2/19 3:09 p.m. •Incident Staff reports an unknown female got upset when she was told she cannot pet or feed the horses

Chelsea Westman/Roundup Rachel Day explains to shoppers what items she is selling at the Vintage Market at Pierce College

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More Sacramento grant money gives hope to students

Monetary solutions for academic success will provide students with financial support JESSE BERTEL Reporter @JesseBertel Students on financial aid programs at colleges in California may soon have access to more funding to cover the rising cost of education. Two bills recently introduced in the legislature, SB291 and AB542, would increase grant money if passed. Pierce College Dean of Student Services William Marmolejo explained that he would welcome

anything coming from Sacramento that can increase the amount of money that students receive. “So if a student qualifies, we want them to get as much aid as possible because that will make their educational experience go faster because you can go full time, you can get all the books that you need and the support to pass your courses,” Marmolejo said. Fernando Oleas, a full-time Pierce College faculty member, emphasized the importance of reducing obstacles so the students can commit

themselves more to their educational goals. “Sometimes we as faculty, when we're out of the system already, we forget the struggle, the obstacles that our students have to go through,” Oleas said. “The more money that we can get to help the students and alleviate some of the burdens that they have financially will allow them to concentrate more in their academic endeavors. It's necessary for students to stay focused on their paths and their careers and their goals and ambitions.”


Jared Mangapit, a Pierce student, on the other hand, explained why he doesn’t think more financial aid money is necessary at the community college level. “I get enough for financial aid for the tuition, which is usually the bulk of all I need financially,” Mangapit said. “You're at the very entry level of college. If you're at like a UC or CSU, probably need more over there because knowing their costs are just way higher.” According to Marmalejo, sometimes it's a challenge to get

students to accept the money that’s available. “Students often say, ‘I'm going to hold off. I don't want to use that money until I transfer to CSUN or UCLA and I'm gonna use my financial aid there,’ but a lot of times students don't even get there because they have to work,” Marmolejo said.

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2/19 4:30 p.m. •Student Incident A student stated social media and financial aid information was changed without authorization. 2/20 1:00 p.m. •Petty Theft A man stole a textbook from the Bookstore. 2/20 2:45 p.m. •Graffiti Graffiti was found in the Village men's restroom. 2/21 11:07 a.m. • Student Ill A student had a seziure in class and was transported to the Hospital by Los Angeles City Fire Department in room 916.

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