Wentworth to pilot new international culture and language camp


Contact: Kevin Farley Tel. 660/259-6030 Cell Phone: 660/354-1312 Email: kfarley@wma.edu


The Wentworth Military Academy and College, International Department, is introducing a new program beginning on January 13, 2013. Brazilian college students and professors from UNIFEB, a university located in Barretos – Sao Paulo, Brazil, will participate in the “Wentworth Winter Culture and Language Camp” at the 133-year old campus located in Lexington.

Fourteen Brazilian students and professors will participate in the 4-week pilot program.

The purpose of the camp is to provide both exposure to the American experience and culture for the international visitors and to provide instruction and opportunities for the group to enhance their English language skills.

This innovative program is drawing attention to Wentworth Military Academy and College in the State of Missouri, nationally and internationally.

In the State of Missouri, the new program is drawing attention to the Department of Education, the Study Missouri Consortium and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce; all, of which, are dedicated to promoting international education. Meetings with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and a Missouri State Representative are one of the many experiences the international group will take part in over the course of the 4-weeks at Wentworth Military Academy and College.

Nationally, the program is drawing attention to the internationalization efforts as outline by the United States Department of Education’s international strategy. Internationally, the camp is drawing attention in Brazil due to the new emphasis on providing funds for study abroad with the “Science without Borders” Presidential initiative in that country.

The Wentworth Winter Culture and Language Camp will be featured as an example for others in the future and serve as a model program.

The new program is the brainchild of Cristhina Starke, International Director of Wentworth Military Academy and College, and has been in the making for 3 years. Starke, a native Brazilian, has been a staff member since June of 2007. She was originally hired to teach the Camp Lead Program, a summer program open to students from 7th to 12th grade.

Starke has worked very closely with the Department of Education and the Study Missouri Consortium since she was put in charge of the International Department in 2009. She is currently Vice-President of the Study Missouri Consortium. A former CEO of a language school franchise in Brazil, Starke felt that a program of this nature would be successful due to the many different market demands.

“Implementing this program has been a ‘dream come true’ for me,” said Starke. “I am no stranger to language immersion programs; I’m super excited about our new program and have no doubts that it will be successful.”

This new international program aligns with the Wentworth Military Academy and College 5-year strategic plan. The strategic plan, entitled “The Core: The Strategic Plan for a 360° Education,” was approved and implemented in 2011.

The camp will involve many classes and activities which will help the international visitors have a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle in the United States Midwest Region.

Activities that the students and professors will experience outside the classroom include tours in historic downtown Lexington and the Battle of Lexington, the Plaza in Kansas City, the Truman Library in Independence, Jefferson City and a trip to the state capitol. They will also get to experience Oklahoma Joe’s, the Harlem Globetrotters, Independence Center shopping mall, and skiing at Weston.

An experience that Midwesterners take for granted is one that the camp attendees are really looking forward to – winter clothes shopping at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Liberty.

Wentworth Military Academy and College is a private co-educational military high school and two-year college. For 9th-12th graders, Wentworth provides an exemplary college-prep education, which builds self-discipline and self-confidence. In college, small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty allows our traditional and military students to achieve success in academics and in life. Wentworth is one of only five schools in the country to offer a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army after just two years of college.

Wentworth is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Wentworth Winter Culture and Language Camp or Wentworth Military College and Academy may contact the Public Relations Office at (660) 259-2221 or email Major Kevin Farley at kfarley@wma.edu.


MEDIA: For more information, please contact the Wentworth Military College public relations office at (660) 259-2221.

PHOTO ONE ID: Pictured from left to right are Professor Maria aula Paula Barcellos de Carvalho, Vice-Chancellor of UNIFEB, Cristhina Starke, International Department Director of Wentworth Military Academy and College, and Dr. Walter Henrique Bernardelli, Co-Chair of the Engineering Department and Director of International Relations of UNIFEB.

PHOTO PHOTO ID: Cristhina Starke, International Department Director at Wentworth Military Academy and College, instructs a group of Brazilian students during her recent travels to Brazil.

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