Del Tech students thank Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary for support in Study Abroad Program

Shown at the presentation of $1,000 to the Del Tech Study Abroad Program are (l-r) Delaware Tech Vice President and Campus Director IIeana M. Smith, EdD; Randy Miller; Wanda Rapp; Sarah Nielsen; and Delaware Tech Development Director Jason Bentley. SOURCE SUBMITTED
October 28, 2013

Three Delaware Tech students thanked the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club for its financial support in sponsoring them in Delaware Tech’s Study Abroad Program. The program offers cultural immersion in countries as diverse as Belize, China, Russia, England, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France and Scotland. Programs focus on cultural immersion or an area of study such as nursing, energy management, criminal justice or engineering.

The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary donated $1,000 to support the program. The three students, Sarah Nielson, Randy Miller and Wanda Rapp, spent 10 days studying in England and Russia, and talked about their experiences and how they were changed by them.

“I learned that no matter what your politics, religion or nationality, everyone is basically the same,” said Rapp, who studied in Russia and wants a career in nuclear medicine.” “I think I’ve become more open and interactive with people.”

Nielsen, who is enrolled in the occupational therapy assistant program,  would like to have a career in music therapy and wants to work with special needs students, said her experience in England gave her more confidence and made her more independent. “There’s a big world out there just waiting for me,” she said. “You need to care about yourself and about the world.”

Miller, who wants a career in healthcare administration, thanked the Rotarians for the financial support that gave him the opportunity to expand his horizons and said he is anticipating his second trip abroad to Ireland.

“I think their experiences will impact the decisions they make, the way they think about global issues and world affairs," said Delaware Tech Development Director and Rotarian Jason Bentley, who said Delaware Tech has sent more than 300 students abroad to 33 different countries since 2005. “This program can make a difference in changing what may be a limited perspective of the world to a broader perspective with a sense of responsibility as a citizen of the world.”

Bentley also wanted to remind everyone about Delaware Tech’s Saturday Before the Season Fashion Show that helps fund Study Abroad scholarships and the Global Understanding Program. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Delaware Tech Campus in Georgetown. For more information visit or call 302-259-6089.