Federal program brings North African, Middle Eastern students to Virginia Tech

28 girls are in the middle of a science and math program in Blacksburg

By Tommy Lopez - Weekend Anchor / Reporter

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Teenage girls from seven different countries in North Africa and the Middle East are spending time in Blacksburg this month.

Twenty-eight high school-age girls are in the middle of a three-week program at Virginia Tech. They’re learning about computer science and other technology topics. This is a part of an exchange program the U.S. State Department runs along with Legacy International. It’s called TechGirls and it trains girls in the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math.

Nour Belaiech is from Tunisia. She says she's considering going to Virginia Tech after having a positive experience in Blacksburg.

"The university is just amazing, learning coding with some professionals, professors, and talking to them, learning from them directly, without the internet," Belaiech said.

Lilia Morsli is from Algeria and says she's enjoyed her time in Virginia.

"This trip is inspiring me," Morsli said. "It’s giving me new ideas, new perspectives to pursue my career."

Many of the girls WSLS 10 spoke to are hoping to come to America for college.

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