The Benefits of Hosting an International Exchange Student

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Vucina Construction, Inc.

Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina has supported athletic and academic programs in Pacific Grove School District. Moreover, Ryan Vucina has supported various international exchange students.

An important way of supporting international exchange programs is becoming a host. There are numerous benefits to hosting an international exchange student, including the ones listed below:

1. Inviting an exchange student into one’s home expands one’s cultural horizons. The experience presents the host with the opportunity to learn a new language, try new foods, and listen to new music among other activities.

2. Exchange students offer a new perspective of the host’s culture. Hosts can learn about the international impact of their nation’s policies and how other cultures around the world view and understand their culture.

3. Not only does hosting a student impact the people living under the same roof as the student, but it also expands diversity and awareness in the local school and community. Additionally, children who have exchange “siblings” may themselves become more interested in having international experiences.


Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association Stays Active

Pacific Grove High School
Pacific Grove High School


As the Chief Operating Manager at Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina oversees all aspects of operation for this family-owned Northern California company. A graduate of Pacific Grove High School (PGHS), where he was an award-winning, all-league offensive tackle on the football team, Ryan Vucina continues to support academics and athletics at his alma mater.

Pacific Grove High School has an active alumni association whose members plan social events, such as reunions, and support a variety of student activities at the school. Alumni donations help to offset the costs of a sober grad night and the senior trip to Disneyland. In the past, alumni monies have been used to support the mock trial team as well as to defray the costs of the student “Close Up” program that allows students to travel to Washington, D.C. and get a first-hand look at government.

Additionally, the PGHS alumni association awards several different scholarships to deserving students. Scholarships recognize excellence in music, vocational work, science and technology, and scholar/athlete dedication.

MPC Alumni Scholarships


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Monterey Peninsula College

Construction chief operations manager Ryan Vucina is involved in various charitable activities, including providing monetary support to academic and athletic programs of the Pacific Grove School District. Ryan Vucina studied business management at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), which also provides substantial financial assistance to its students.

Located in Monterey, California, MPC is a fully accredited public community college. Having an open admissions policy, it offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs. MPC is known as a leading military-friendly school with outstanding academic programs and support services for its students.

Through the MPC Foundation more than 160 scholarships are granted annually to MPC students. This includes five MPC Alumni Scholarships, amounting to $1,000 each, which will be granted to students who will be attending MPC in the fall of 2016 and are related to an MPC alumnus. The Alumni Committee of the foundation funds this particular scholarship program.