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Penn State DuBois and International Business People Speak the Same Language

5/22/2008 —

DuBois – Six area business people are speaking a different language thanks to the completion of a Continuing Education Course at Penn State DuBois.  The Introduction to Mandarin Chinese course will help those professionals connect with companies in China and excel in the global marketplace. 

 “As the majority of the students taking this course engage with Chinese counterparts in work related situations on a regular basis, participants were extremely motivated and made for an ideal classroom environment for learning the Chinese language,” said Instructor, Lucas Ledbetter.

Students worked in various types of business, including banking and powdered metals.  As local companies continue to expand globally, they’re beginning to seek new ways to connect to foreign partners.  

“The success of this course is due to the fact that it was employer driven.  We responded to a need of our local workforce by offering this course,” said Penn State DuBois Continuing Education Representative, Jeannine Hanes.

Grant funding also helped make the course possible, covering 50 percent of students’ registration fees.  “We attained a Go Global grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development to subsidize a portion of the registration fees,” Hanes said.  

Students completed the 24 hour course from February to May, learning the basics of Mandarin Chinese.  The last day of the course included an overview of PA’s Export Marketing program by Chris Perneski of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.  Perneski was not only a student in the Chinese course, but she initially introduced Penn State DuBois CE to a Go Global grant in response to employers requesting training and assistance related to globalization of their business and trade. 

Hanes noted, “Participants said they were immediately able to use the language skills gained from this course on the job.” 
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