Senator Dial Welcomes South Korean Students to Montgomery

By Gerald Dial

Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) was pleased to welcome a group of South Korean high school students to Montgomery on Wednesday. The students are spending a little over two weeks in the state visiting universities and businesses as part of the Alabama-Korea Educational Exchange Program (A-KEEP), a partnership started in December 2011 between the Alabama Department of Education and the Education Department of Gyeongbuk Province of South Korea.

“It has been a joy serving as the American chairman of A-KEEP as we help broaden the horizons of both Korean and Alabama students,” said Senator Gerald Dial. “Those who participate in the exchange program receive an early start for our now tightly knit global economy.”

As part of the A-KEEP program, a group of students are selected each year from across Alabama to go to the Gyeongbuk Province in South Korea and stay with host families, While there, they visit South Korean businesses, restaurants, and universities. The group of Korean students here currently arrived on January 29, will visit universities and businesses while here in Alabama, and return to South Korea on February 12.

“We are creating the opportunity to engage with a different country and culture, and it really changes the lives of some of our Alabama and Korean students,” remarked Dial. “It is great to meet this new group of Korean students as we introduce them to our state, people, and culture.”

Students or teachers interested in finding out more about the program should contact A-KEEP President Meesoon Han at 334-328-5695 or [email protected].

Senator Gerald Dial represents State Senate District 13 in the Alabama Senate, which includes all or parts of Randolph, Lee, Cleburne, Clay, Cherokee, and Chambers counties. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Sen. Dial and his wife Faye reside in Lineville.