Hemet man is looking to help students exchange life-altering experiences

Gary Oakley, a new Area Representative for International Student Exchange, left, with ISE Program Manager Joey Banuelos and Regional Manager Mia Waller at Emilio’s in San Jacinto May 4. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
When Gary Oakley decided to become an area representative for International Student Exchange, he was thrilled to learn about all the great experiences that host families and students had from being part of the program. His role is to bring future placements together.“It’s about making good matches,” the Hemet resident said. “I spent most of my career life bringing individuals who were looking for job training and/or work together with employers. You are doing the same thing with ISE. This plays to my strengths; it’s a perfect fit for me.”Working remotely in recent years, like many others have been doing, Oakley, 71, began looking for a way to supplement his fixed income while doing something he enjoyed that would benefit others.“One of the things most important to
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