Photo by Irina Nizovtseva/ Viking - International students relaxing at International student lounge, Bld E, March 23
Photo by Irina Nizovtseva/ Viking – International students relaxing at International student lounge, Bld E, March 23

By Jessica De Soto / Online and Social Media Editor

Different foreign students come to LBCC for the international program because it specializes in supporting immigration advising in addition to assisting prospective students for Student Life.

Student assistant Amhaed Manea, an aerospace engineering major, said, “My responsibilities here are to help them with anything they want like printing and homework.”

For tutoring and other services they ask the international students to branch out to other learning centers on campus so they can matriculate and gain wisdom from other peers, he added. The International Student Club also is affiliated with the program and provides a forum to share cultures and opportunities to develop social and leadership skills.

The club sponsors weekly meetings of social activities, volunteering opportunities and equally important, the club encourages the students to participate in leadership conferences so  they share their cultural richness of their countries with other students.

Tsukasa Makino, 19, an accounting major, said, “I come from Japan and I’ve been here for almost eight months now.”

Makino will not be visiting his home anytime soon because he has plans to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in 2018 to continue my study is accounting. “I like California and the weather too,” he said. The program brochure lists, housing options, which include apartments, private rooms and the choice to have roommates, available in the surrounding areas.

Noemi Cimi 20, attending LBCC to learn English, said, “I wanted to come to California because I had many friends here and I plan to attend a makeup school in Los Angeles.” Club meetings are conducted every other Friday.

People may contact Jimmy Lanh at lbccisc@yahoo.com or (562) 229-2823. To gain more details students can inquire in Building A 1097, opening up at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon building E-07L is on the second floor.