From Dolores to Japan

From Dolores to Japan

Fort Lewis College student studies abroad in Nagasaki in yearlong program
Victoria Stevens, known as "Tori" to her friends, poses in a Kimono during a culture festival. Stevens is studying abroad in Nagasaki, Japan, through the international studies program at Fort Lewis College.
A highly polished table reflects the Shindenan Villa built by Chinese interpreter Hezhaojin.
Photo courtesy of Victoria Stevens

A statue at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, Japan. It is located near the atomic bomb hypocentre.
A highly polished table reflects a woman and the Shindenan Villa built by Chinese interpreter Hezhaojin.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is the second-tallest statue in Japan. The bronze monument was cast in 1252.
A model of Dejima depicts the first trading post in Japan created by Dutch merchants.
Study abroad through Fort Lewis College

The International Programs department at Fort Lewis College provides many opportunities for students to study abroad for credit.
The option is available for any major, and typically requires at least a 2.5 GPA, said director Jennifer Gay.
Students can study abroad with other classmates and a faculty member, participate in student exchange programs, or partner with a foreign university.
'Students think they can't afford it but there are many budget options and scholarships,' Gay said. 'We customize it to the experience they're looking for.'
FLC saw 400 students study abroad last year, 10 percent of the 4,000-student population. Six years ago, just 200 participated.
'Our goal is to raise it to 20 percent,' Gay said. 'The program is really building.'
Many students study in Costa Rica because it is so affordable. Other popular destinations are Europe, Australia, Japan, and Thailand. FLC students have also studied in the United Arab Emirates, Botswana, and Ghana. Gay said some enter the Peace Corps after graduation and lead internationally focused lives.
'Studying abroad changes students for the better,' Gay said. 'When they return they are more motivated to focus on academics. It makes them more humble and respectful of their role in the world.'
For more information go to http://www.fortlewis.edu/studyabroad/ or call (970) 382-6869.

Cortez vaccination rates by school

Beech Street Pre-school (151 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 89 percent
Exemption rate: 8.6 percent
Non-compliant rate: 2.6 percent.
Kemper Elementary School (343 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 95 percent
Exemption rate: with 4.3 percent
Non-compliant rate: 0.3 percent
Lewis Elementary (120 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 82 percent
Exemption rate: 16 percent
Non-compliant rate: zero
Manaugh Elementary (283 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 94 percent
Exemption rate: 3.1 percent
Non-compliant rate: 1.7 percent
Mesa Elementary (372 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 85 percent
Exemption rate: 6 percent
Non-compliant rate: 8.6 percent
Plesant View Elementary (24 students)
MMR Vaccination rate: 91 percent
Exemption rate: 4.3 percent
Non-compliant rate: 4.3 percent
Cortez Middle School (573 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 91 percent
Exemption rate: 8 percent
Non-compliant rate: 0.9 percent
Cortez High School (573 students)
MMR vaccination rate: 90 percent
Exemption rate: 9.5 percent
Non-compliant rate: 0.5 percent
Source: Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 Department of Health Services

From Dolores to Japan

Victoria Stevens, known as "Tori" to her friends, poses in a Kimono during a culture festival. Stevens is studying abroad in Nagasaki, Japan, through the international studies program at Fort Lewis College.
A highly polished table reflects the Shindenan Villa built by Chinese interpreter Hezhaojin.
Photo courtesy of Victoria Stevens

A statue at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, Japan. It is located near the atomic bomb hypocentre.
A highly polished table reflects a woman and the Shindenan Villa built by Chinese interpreter Hezhaojin.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is the second-tallest statue in Japan. The bronze monument was cast in 1252.
A model of Dejima depicts the first trading post in Japan created by Dutch merchants.
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