OLYMPIA - An Inchelium girl, part of the inaugural class of Washington World Fellows, has returned home after a six-week study abroad experience in Leon, Spain.
Tayah Kohler, who attends Inchelium High School, was one of 15 students in the new program, launched during the past year by the lieutenant governor’s office in partnership with the Association of Washington Generals. Participants now have access to two years of college-readiness support.
During the trip, each earned 10 college credits from Central Washington University through intensive course work in Spanish language and history. They participated in weekly excursions to significant landmarks and historic sites, and lived with local families.
Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib greeted them at the gate when they arrived at SeaTac Airport after the trip and walked them from the gate to the baggage claim area, where their families and friends waited.
“We’re so proud of this first class of Washington World Fellows, who rose to the challenge of traveling to a new place, studying hard and immersing themselves in a foreign culture,” Habib said. “We’re thrilled to have them back in Washington, where we know they will continue to make us proud.”
Students were nominated by their teachers or counselors, submitted an application, and met grade level and language requirements. Nearly 300 students applied statewide.
Most will be the first in their families to attend college and, prior to the trip, none had experienced travel overseas.