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Mayor Bach to meet with delegates Wednesday

            A delegation from Kyrgyzstan, in town for a week long program to promote mutual understanding between Kyrgyzstan vocational educators and their U.S. counterparts, will meet with Mayor Bach on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Mayor’s Office in the City Administration Building.

              Hosted by Colorado Springs Sister Cities International, in partnership with the State Department’s Open World Program, five school administrators from throughout Kyrgyzstan are in town exploring how educators in vocational training programs in the United States administer vocational training programs that prepare citizens for today’s global economy.

            Colorado Springs and Bishkek, capitol of Kyrgyzstan, became Sister Cities in 1994.  The city of 800,000 people at the base of the Tien Shan mountain range has a climate similar to that of Colorado Springs. It is located along the ancient Silk Road. Bishkek is a film industry hub and is known for industry and mining, as well as tourism and recreation.

            For the past several years, Colorado Springs Sister Cities International has been fostering our Sister City relationship with Bishkek by hosting delegations from Kyrgyzstan through the State Department’s Open World Program. 

            During their visit, delegates have been spending significant time with technical college and community college administrators at Pikes Peak Community College sharing ideas about technical college credentialing, administration, human resources management, and financial management and revenues.  Colorado Springs District(s) 11 & 20 High School administrators have also met with delegates to discuss school-to-work curriculum and programs for students and the partnership of secondary and post-secondary schools in vocational training.

            Home stays allow the delegates to experience American family life.  Host family volunteers from the Colorado Springs area have the opportunity to learn about life in Kyrgyzstan today and share American family life. Delegates will also explore Colorado Springs attractions; visit the Air Force Academy, and meet with state officials at the capitol in Denver.