TALLADEGA, AL – Twenty-three Talladega College students have been selected to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Japan via the Kakehashi Project Study Tour. To help the students prepare for the trip, a series of informative training sessions were scheduled.

They recently met with the Honorary Consul General of Japan, Mr. Mark Jackson, who informed the students that there are over 170 Japanese owned or affiliated firms in the state of Alabama. He discussed Japanese culture, food, geography, money and tradition.

The students learned small but significant details about conducting business in Japan. During the training sessions, they practiced Japanese customs such as bowing and learned the Japanese way of extending and receiving business cards. They also discussed job opportunities in Japan.

The tour, which will take place December 14 through 22, is paid for by the Government of Japan. It is designed to help participants gain an understanding of Japan’s economy, history, culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

Students selected for the trip include De’Jha Billingsley, Kalyn Black, William Burks IV, Kirstin Crook, Ivree Datcher, Jamal Hairston, Hannah Knapp, Christopher Mascia, Arthur McElrath, Kamari McHenry, Shakayah Midgette, Amani Myers, Summer Payne, Tamera Prince, Jazsmin Mason Ramsey, Nyresha Robertson, Alexis Scott, Gantonio Stubbs, Phillip Thompson,  Garrett Vick, Bre’Ania Weldon, Kendra Williams, and James Yeager. 

They will be accompanied by Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins and First Lady Lucy Weber Hawkins, Provost Lisa Long, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Seddrick T. Hall Sr and Vice President of Student Affairs Jeffery T. Burgin Jr.


About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant.  Talladega College is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during a three year, eight-city tour. For more information, visit www.talladega.edu.

3 thoughts on “Talladega College students receive all-expense-paid trip to Japan

  1. What a Fantastic opportunity to travel abroad for 1sthand knowledge about our world; CONGRATULATIONS, Mr.President on this educational Opportunity for our students
    Remembering when as I along with the late Julius Anderson from SC. We traveled Europe as we sang in the opera ” Porgy and Bess, truly a blessing!
    Best Wishes; CONGRATULATIONS and safe travels,
    RickeyPowell “73”

  2. Nichole Hairston says:

    I am so delighted and honored that my son Jamal Hairston is a part of this trip. This is so amazing. I’m so proud of this young man who is the youngest of my five children making his Mark in the world. He was always predestined for wonderful things in his life and I thank God that He gave me this child and now he’s become a wonderful and influential young man that all will love

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