Visiting from Russian, Svetlana Ovcharenko is putting together a pitch to attract investors from her home country to build a dorm in Newcomb for international and out-of-area students.
Photo by John Grybos.
continued “I believe it absolutely will,” said Hults.
If the town builds dorms, then the town and school will have to be in dorm business, creating extra work that would be better left to investors, he said.
As a bonus to the local economy, the visa needed for investment requires that investors hire 12 locals, said Hults.
The school has so far hosted 30 students from 19 countries, with an annual international attendance ranging from five to 10.
This year, they'll host a confirmed nine students, with a couple more hopefuls. The new students come from Thailand, Brazil, South Korea and Armenia, with possibles from Spain and Ethiopia.
Hults said he hopes to expand the visiting student program from an international focus and bring urban students to study at Newcomb.
Students are charged a fee for visiting which changes annually, said Montanye. Half is tution for the school, and the other half is for room and board, distributed as a monthly stipend to host families.
If students opt for dorm living, she said, they'll pay the school only the tuition fee, and pay the dorm operators directly for room and board.
Even with a dorm built, said Hults, “I think there are some students who will always feel much more comfortable in homes.”
Newcomb is appealing to Russian students because of its high quality of education, said Ovcharenko. Also, she noted, the climate is very similar to Russia.
Ovcharenko teaches at the University for the Humanities in Odintsovo. She also works as a facilitator for the Open World Program, which brings students from former U.S.S.R. nations to the U.S. to get a close look at its government.
She runs an agency that finds kids and adults to learn English in U.S. schools. She's sent students to Saratoga Springs, Ohio and Arkansas in addition to Newcomb.