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Join Our Prestigious Host Committee for the
“Ohio Language Roadmap for the 21st Century” Event

David S. C. Chu, United States Under Secretary of Defense
Lee Fisher, Lieutenant Governor State of Ohio; Director, Ohio Department of Development
Joseph A. Alutto, Interim President/Provost The Ohio State University
Deborah Gavlik , Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents
Dr. Susan Tave Zelman - Superintendent of Public Instruction for Ohio
Dr. Galal Walker - Director, The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program

Opportunity for Ohio

Assuring Ohio’s future requires a renewed focus on educating a multilingual and globally competent workforce.  On October 25, 2007, key leaders and innovators from business, government, community and education will gather to share a clear and compelling portrait of current and projected foreign language needs in Ohio resulting from months of intense study by more than 70 stakeholders from across the state.

Ohio is playing a leadership role in coordinating and assessing the demand for language skills in our country. To position ourselves for the world of tomorrow, it’s clear we must produce a workforce able to live as international citizens with the skills to compete in a global economy. The Ohio Language Roadmap for the 21st Century event is one of a series of Ohio activities from June through October, 2007 surrounding this issue.

Underwritten by:

U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense,
and Labor

Sponsored by:
The Language Flagship

The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program

Ohio Department of Development International Trade Division

Educational Council of Franklin County

OSU Office of
International Affairs

OSU Colleges of the
Arts and Sciences

OSU CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research)

National East Asian Languages Resource Center (US Department of Education)


October 25 Presentation
Download information from the Language Roadmap Event.

CLICK HERE for the Oct 15th Photo Gallery!

Developing foreign language proficiency and cultural competencies in Ohio will facilitate job creation, foreign investment and will support state and local government agencies
as they expand services to an increasingly diverse population.
America’s most important asset has always been its world-class workforce trained and educated to address domestic and global challenges. However, our nation’s ability to compete in an international arena, as well as deliver goods and services to our own multicultural population, is being seriously undermined by a lack of foreign language skills. Left unaddressed, this deficiency could jeopardize America’s future as a leader in world and economic affairs.