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BSC Grad Evan Garcia to Teach in South Korea, Fulfilling His Dream

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    Monday, August 25 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)— A year after graduating from Bluefield State College, Evan Garcia is preparing to fly to South Korea and fulfill a dream that BSC faculty helped him identify and pursue.
Garcia, a resident of Bluefield, VA, will teach English as a Second Language (ESL). "I attended Bluefield State for many years, graduating in May, 2013," he explained. "Humanities was not my original degree choice, but once I took a class from (Assistant Professor of English) Dr. Aleta Crockett, I developed a great interest in the program. Dr. Crockett was the first of many faculty to reach out and assist me in my goals." Garcia discussed his passion for travel, journaling, and writing. "Dr. Crockett took my dream and gave it a platform to become reality by suggesting the Humanities program as a route to success," he continued.

Dr. Luciano Picanco (Assistant Professor and Director of French) worked with Garcia. "Dr. Picanco offered insight through his experience as a world traveler," Garcia added. "We explored several post-graduation options and helped with my ESL training and basic teaching pedagogy."

"Dr. Sean Connolly (Assistant Professor of English and Chair/Department of Basic Studies and Strategic Programs) was Garcia's primary source for information about Second Language Acquisition. After pursuing several overseas teaching opportunities, Garcia graduated from BSC without landing the position he had hoped.

"Dr. Connolly and Dr. Picanco continued to assist me, even after I graduated," Garcia stated. "I updated my resume, worked on my lesson plans, and applied wherever I could find an opportunity. I finally landed interviews, one in Japan and one in Korea. I was offered the job for both positions!"

"After a lot of hard work and the support of these Bluefield State College faculty members, I am now going to realize my dream and teach ESL in South Korea." Garcia departed the United States on August 18, and will be stationed at an elementary school in Daegu, Korea.