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Northern Virginia Community College Student Featured on Voice of America Program


America's Global College Forum features interviews with international students at colleges and universities across the U.S.

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2006 - Romanian-born student Dan Nechita of Northern Virginia Community College is featured today on the Voice of America's (VOA) America's Global College Forum, a radio program that examines the college experience of students from abroad studying in the United States.

The interview with Nechita premiers today and will run throughout the week. Nechita plans to finish his studies in computer science and psychology at the Washington, D.C.-area community college in December and continue studying in New York next year. In the program, he talks about life in the United States and on the Alexandria, VA campus. Nechita is one of more than 500,000 international students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

"For a large segment of VOA's international audience, an education in America is a dream," says VOA Director David S. Jackson. "By spotlighting international students currently studying in America, VOA is giving listeners a personal glimpse into how American schools work, from an international perspective."

America's Global College Forum features interviews with international students at colleges and universities across the U.S. The series came about through the efforts of program consultant Sherril Taylor, who served as a volunteer consultant to VOA in the 1980s.

America's Global College Forum is aired Mondays at 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight (EST); Tuesdays 2:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. (EST) and Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

The program is also available for on-demand listening via the Internet at www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/global_college_forum.cfm

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages, including English.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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