On April 25, the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through the Foreign Commercial Services (FCS) and EducationUSA, hosted the Community College Education Fair alongside representatives from six Community Colleges with the aim of exposing attendees the opportunities for study in the United States on April 25th.
Community Colleges are academic institutions with the same accreditations as that of an Undergraduate University program. Community Colleges offer diplomas, technical and vocational programs, and specialization in the arts and allow the transfer of credits to other universities.
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, met with Community Colleges representatives from Lane Community College, Valencia College, Northampton Community College, NOVA Northern Virginia Community College, Orange Coast College and Shoreline Community College. The Ambassador also welcomed parents and students interested in starting their college studies in the United States. The consular section also provided a presentation about the requirements and process to request an students visa.
Ambassador Manes said to the fair participants, “The main reason for our presence this afternoon is to inform you that there is affordable education in the United States, there are viable and accessible options for Salvadorans.”
During the academic year 2015/2016, under the governmental initiative “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” U.S. welcomed more than 1,600 Salvadoran students, 45% of them started their studies in a Community College.
EducationUSA program advisors from the U.S. Embassy are available to answer questions about U.S. studies. You can contact an advisor at www.educationusa.state.gov.