Plymouth: School Officials Head to Beijing

The Plymouth School Department has been working with Homeland Security and can now grant educational visas to Chinese students to go to school in Plymouth. The Chinese government has invited school officials to Beijing:

School Committee Chairman, Dr. James Sorensen says when the Beijing government learned of the availability of the visas, they sent a letter to school officials…

“…asking us if we would be willing to come to China and visit some of their high schools, talk to their educational leaders, see their students at work—to see if there is a good match between Plymouth North and Plymouth South High Schools.”

So, why would Chinese officials want to do this?

“I’ve come to understand that the Chinese government realizes that if a Chinese student gets a diploma from American schools it gives them a much better chance of getting into the American university system.”

Sorensen says this is at the high school level:

“We’re talking about one year visa –perhaps for high school seniors only.”

According to Chairman Sorenson, the schedule for the visit is huge and calls for Plymouth school officials to meet with educational leaders…

“…in three big provinces in China. We’re going to visit high schools. We’re going to talk to teachers. We’re going to interview students. The purpose of the visit is to see if the match exists.”

The group leaving on Friday with Sorenson for the Chinese capitol includes Supt. Dr. Gary Maestas and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chris Campbell.


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Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.