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Wofford Graduate Selected for Japanese Teaching Program

Monday, July 28, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Tanisha LeAnn Dawkins, a 2003 graduate of Wofford College, has been selected to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Dawkins, who received a bachelor’s degree in biology, is one of approximately 1,700 finalists for the program from the United States.

Dawkins, who is from Ridgeway, S.C, departed for Japan on Saturday, July 26, and will spend one year as an assistant language teacher in Kobe.

The JET Program invites young college graduates to Japan to teach English in schools or to engage in international exchange activities at local government offices. The participants receive a stipend and round-trip airfare to Japan. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have a bachelor’s degree; they are not required to have knowledge of the Japanese language. More than 31,000 U.S. citizens have taken part in the program since its establishment in 1987.

This program provides a unique opportunity for Americans to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. Participants experience Japan at the grassroots level through daily activities at schools and local governments. For more information on the program, visit the Web site at www.japanatlanta.org.

A number of other Wofford College graduates have participated in the program over the past few years, including Jim Merklinger (Class of 1988), Boyd Way (’88), Christine Shippey Anderson (’89), Jennifer Lupold Pearsall (’93), Katerine Scott Rostick (’93), Carolina Caballero (’94), Ross Englisbe (’96), Jenny Snead Williams ('97), James Scott ('97) and Emily Dixon (’01).