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Scholarship applications available

Soroptimist International of Sequim is accepting applications for three continuing education scholarships.

Applicants must be female graduates of Sequim High School or have a legal address within the Sequim School District. They also need to have completed one year of college or equivalent and plan to be enrolled in school for the fall of 2009.

Applications for these $1,000 scholarships may be picked up at Sequim Village Glass, 761 Carlsborg Road, Computer Solutions, 162 E. Bell St., or Henery's Garden Center, 1060 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Applications must be returned by Aug. 28. Recipients are notified by Sept. 5.

For more information, call Rose Jaeger at 681-3507.

Exchange student host families needed

Foundation for Intercultural Travel, a nonprofit educational organization, is seeking families of all types - retired couples, couples with or without children, single-parent families - to host student ambassadors for five-to-10 months.

Students are of ages 15-18 from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Students speak English, bring their own spending money and have full medical insurance. They begin arriving a week before school starts.

Host families may be eligible for a tax deduction for hosting a student.

For more information, call Mary Ann at 877-439-7862.

College offers massage certificate, degree programs

Peninsula College now offers a massage therapy program, new to the school in 2009-2010.

There are two courses students can take.

The Massage Therapy Certificate Program is a nine-month program offering 816 hours of training, including both classroom and clinical experience.

Beginning each fall quarter and following the college calendar, classes typically meet from 9 a.m.-

3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with occasional Saturday and Monday classes.

The Massage Therapy Degree Program is a continuation of the certificate program. During the second year students will continue their training with advanced treatment clinic and community health practicum hours, as well as general education classes. Students complete a total of 1,256 hours.

Upon fulfillment of the first year's program requirements, students will graduate with a certificate in massage therapy. This will qualify the graduate to take the licensing examination and be eligible for Washington state licensing.

Students completing the second year have two options: earning an Associate of Applied Science - massage therapy degree or completing the requirements for a transfer degree, an AAS-T massage therapy.

Students completing the AAS-T option are eligible to apply for admission to the college's Bachelor of Applied Science - management degree program.

Class size is limited to 20 students. Entrance is in the fall quarter only, which starts Sept. 21.

For more information, call 417-6255.

High school exchange group seeks families

STS Foundation, a nonprofit student exchange organization, is seeking new host families in

Sequim for exchange students during the 2009-10 school year.

Lucca and Cornelia are two students STS is looking to place with host families in Sequim. Lucca is a 17-year-old boy from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who loves playing soccer. He also enjoys playing volleyball and swimming and is eager to learn more about American culture and customs. Cornelia is a 17-year-old girl from Lidingo, Sweden, who also is very fond of playing soccer. She has competed in gymnastics and enjoys playing the guitar and the piano. They are both good students and will have their own spending money and health insurance, STS officials say.

The host family provides a separate bed, family meals and a safe environment.

For more information. call Lillian at 800-522-4678 or send an e-mail to

For more information about the exchange, see

Top economist is college's 2009 'Conversations' guest

Jeremy Rifkin, founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and a leading American economist, is Peninsula College's guest speaker for the 2009 "American Conversations" evening, set for Oct. 1 at the college campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The 12th annual event raises funds for the Peninsula College Foundation, which financially supports college activities and programs through annual fund raisers.

Buy tickets online at pcfounda To reserve a place or table, call 417-6264.

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