Mar 3, 2011

International bridge

The Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber recently publicized its working relationship with Central Lakes College regarding two young international students with business ambitions. As members of the Chamber Member Outreach Committee, Bradley Van Der Zandt, 22, of Cape Town, South Africa and Jaka Mahendra, 23, of Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia are learning about local business relationships by observing and networking. They are committing many hours outside of their college studies at CLC to attend Chamber events. They make calls to members and also participate in the Chamber's CHOW events to meet and greet and assist wherever needed. Jeri Hughes, Events Coordinator with the Chamber, said she was contacted by Joan Jenkins and Pat Swarthout from CLC in regard to the students and their interest in getting involved locally. Hughes said the Chamber was more than eager to take the students on through an internship. “I am amazed at how they’ve come into another country, can speak so well and adapt so well to our way of life,” Hughes commented. “They are really great guys!”