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>International group seeking local volunteers

The ASSE International Student Exchange Programs are looking for volunteers to serve as local representatives in their communities.

ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school-age students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years old and have passed a series of academic and character requirements.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the visiting exchange students in their communities. The representatives are reimbursed for their expenses and are provided with travel opportunities.

For information on programs offered by the nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization, call Melanie Donelson at 731-1442 or the regional office at (800) 677-2773.

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>Educational Technology Plan is topic of forum Sept. 17

The state Education Department is looking for public input on the Statewide Educational Technology Plan.

A forum will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. The forum is structured to create awareness and collect recommended action steps to achieve the goals of the draft technology plan.

The state Board of Regents has pledged to close the gaps in student academic achievement along the lines of income, race, ethnicity, language and disability, and to keep up with the growing demands for more knowledge and skill in the face of increasing competition in a changing economy.

The Regents have developed a mission, vision and six goals for educational technology statewide. These are located at www.emsc.nysed.gov/edtech/.

Feedback is sought from students, teachers, parents, school officials, school technology coordinators, higher education, cultural institutions, business leaders, community organizations, civic leaders, local government officials, licensed professionals.

Those interested in attending must register online at www.e1b.org or call 821-7042 by next Wednesday.

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