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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

The Billings Gazette – Monica Mainland and John Brewer

“With the arrival of the new school year, parents, students, educators and the community gear up with much anticipation. Traditional educational approaches have delivered good benefits in the past, but how can we move from good to great? How can we move our students from simply being “good enough” to make it to the next step, to a level of excellence that allows them to fully compete in a global economy?..” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Vocational Schools Add Innovation to Attract Students

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Vocational and technical schools across the US are getting a facelift. Without these schools that offer students skills for the workforce, many companies say they will not be able to keep up in today’s rapidly-developing global economy.” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

America Inc. Needs Attitude Adjustment to Reach Full Potential Abroad

The Huffington Post – Ryan McMunn

“As international trade continues to grow, America Inc. must shed the “Ignorant American” label that plagues it…American companies are at a tremendous disadvantage when negotiating abroad without a US decision maker who speaks the language of the country they are operating in.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Firms must address language skills gap

Coventry Telegraph – Jenny Waddington

““Businesses need people with language skills to enable them to expand into new export markets by using the language of their customers to sell goods and services,” said Sophie Howe, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. “Foreign jobseekers are nearly always ahead of their British counterparts when it comes to the number of languages spoken.” (more)

Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Education Week – Michelle R. Davis and Michele Molnar

“Faced with a rapidly changing set of challenges, including tight budgets, new technologies, and competition for students, some school leaders are incorporating entrepreneurial practices into their operations.” (more)

Panel: Improving rural education is key to helping poor communities

The Post and Courier – Jeremy Borden

“Rural education has come to the forefront recently…rural communities must be improved through their schools…businesses have clamored for more well-trained workers to fill needed jobs.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Africans Are Settling in China

Voice of America News – Staff Writer

“Growing relations between Africa and China have led to an influx of Chinese migrants in Africa and a growing number of Africans moving to China…Most Africans used to return home after their studies or doing business in China, now a growing number of them want to stay.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Say ‘ni hao’ to business abroad

Mumbai Mirror – Kunal Guha

“Diamond merchants, bankers and engineers are among the many cashing in on Mandarin…Four years ago, Kshitiz Bhaskar felt like an alien in downtown Shanghai with no way of asking for directions…While getting by in China was the motive, picking up the language offered a competitive edge, “Executives in top Chinese firms speak English. But when you speak their language, they’re more at ease and open to your ideas,” explains Bhaskar.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

But I Can’t Speak the Language

Chief Learning Officer – Kate Everson

“Businesses are going more and more global…To successfully conduct business outside of the U.S., many times employees have to communicate in a foreign language…So, do your global employees know something other than “Ni hao!” in Mandarin? Chances are they don’t, and that can hurt your bottom line.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How Business Leaders Can Strengthen American Education

U.S. News – Julia Hanna

“Business has long recognized the connection between an effective school system and a qualified workforce—by some estimates, the private sector invests $4 billion annually in efforts intended to improve public education.” (more)