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Tech Student Selected as SAY Ambassador for World Congress


Montana Tech sophomore Chemistry student Carly Johns was recently selected as a SAY (Student and Youth) Ambassador for the World Congress, working on behalf of the European Access Network (EAN) World Congress Planning Committee. 

SAY Ambassadors for the World Congress are selected on the basis of their commitment to widening and expanding post-secondary educational opportunities around the world; their understanding and full endorsement of the aims and objectives of the World Congress; their leadership qualities, high levels of motivation and potential.

In addition to their role as general advocates for the World Congress, Student and Youth Ambassadors for the World Congress undertake specialist functions, determined by the Planning Committee, related to delivering the objectives of the Congress. They are expected to organize activities to promote awareness of the aims of the Congress; engage with local and even national media about it; identify and work with appropriate networks in their area and wider country; seek support and sponsorship in order to help people engage with the Congress now and in the future; and other work as they believe is appropriate in their local and national context.

"I am really excited to participate in the World Congress as an Ambassador,” explained Carly. “I think it's great that the Congress will have a representative from a rural area and I will be able to share my perspective. I cannot wait to start preparing."  

Carly has recently returned from attending the U.S. College Access Student Forum held in New Orleans. The forum was co-sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the Lumina Foundation, and the European Access Network (EAN) in New Orleans in November. Carly was nominated to attend the forum by Amy Verlanic, Executive Director of Montana Tech’s Institute for Educational Opportunities, who got to know Carly when she was one of her students at Montana Tech. “I knew Carly would be a competitive nominee for the U.S. College Access Forum, while the Lumina Foundation solicited an extensive pool of students from across America, Carly was selected as one of only 12 for the prestigious role. She is very deserving.  She is a talented ambitious girl, who exemplifies a Montana Tech student!”

“The conference was very educational and interesting,” explained Carly. “We talked a lot about access to college education.” Carly came away with a better understanding on how education is different in different areas of the United States. “What I found most interesting was that in small cities, we view education as a means to get a job and in larger cities, they view education as a step in continuing on to graduate school.”

Carly is from Anaconda, Montana and works for the Institute for Educational Opportunities  at Montana Tech’s in the Student Success Services program. Her future plans include attending Pharmacy school.