American Homestay launches Oregon agency

The American Homestay Network ( recently launched the American Homestay Network-Oregon to connect students from across the world with local host families and the diverse culture of the Portland metro area. AHN-Oregon is recruiting host families and developing relationships with educational institutions across the state, including Portland State University and Portland Community College, both of which support large populations of international students.

AHN offers paid compensation to hosts that provide accommodations for visiting college students during an average stay of eight to 10 weeks. Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family and a visiting international student who comes to live as a guest in their home. The experience supports the student’s desire to improve his or her English-speaking skills, while learning about American culture and lifestyle.

AHN-Oregon is led by Jason Carnahan. To learn more about the program, call Carnahan at 503-319-9023 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth Corps accepting applications for fall program

The Northwest Youth Corps is accepting applications from teens ages 16 to 19 for a five-week session to begin Sept. 14 and finish Oct. 19 and 20. No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn, work hard as a team and travel to some of the most rugged and scenic areas of the Pacific Northwest.

NYC programs foster a team-based approach to solving challenges, to help each member collectively achieve a much greater impact than they could on their own.

Upon completion of the program youth earn an education stipend, the opportunity to gain high school credit and the ability to obtain a future job reference or letter of recommendation.

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Westside Christian grows college credit program

Westside Christian High School officials aim to give students a leg up in college with a program coming this fall.

WCHS representatives recently announced a partnership with Warner Pacific College, a Christian liberal arts college in Portland. Called Westside Jump Year Program, it expands a concurrent enrollment program and is intended to make it easier to get college credit.

There will be two more classes added to the program per year for the next few years.

“The partnership with WPC will allow us to expand the program to the point where within the next four years a student could earn about a year’s worth of college credit,” said Deb Givens, a WCHS spokeswoman.

Oregon students’ ACT scores better than national average

Oregon students beat the national average ACT score and topped their own scores last year as well.

The Beaver State’s average composite score was 21.5 this year and 21.4 last year, and the national average was 20.9 this year, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

The college entrance exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and 15 Oregon students earned a perfect score of 36 this year.

There were 12,857 Oregon students, 34 percent of graduates, who took the ACT this year, 3 percent more grads than last year.

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