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Our First Language Course Offering: Mandarin 1 for Business

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Posted by Tina

We started off the New Year with a completely new offering:  a ten week course in Mandarin Chinese.  The course not only focused on language skills, but also offered cultural tips, especially for a business setting. Even the book that we used was very much focused on a business environment.   We partnered with Penn State York, and our participants received a Penn State certificate of completion as well as a non-degree transcript and 20 Continuing Education Units.
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The class was not easy, but we had a great group of students and a wonderful teacher!!!  What made it even more challenging was the fact that most of our participants frequently traveled to China, so at any given time, we were missing 2 or more students. Of course, those students had the advantage of total language immersion.
I have to say, personally, I found this to be a very challenging language to study. Not just because of the characters (we used pinyin to start off, which made it a bi…

"Wilkommen" to Pennsylvania!

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Posted by Tina

Last month we hosted a visiting trade delegation from Germany in the southcentral PA region.  The group was sponsored by the  German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology  and was comprised of 9 advanced manufacturing firms who visited the East Coast in search of potential business opportunities.  Click here for a listing of the participants, their technologies and their business objectives.

The World Trade Center partnered with the German organizers of the mission, AHP International, and we were responsible for identifying and qualifying partner opportunities for a very diverse group of German manufacturers.  The project got underway several months ago and culminated with the group's visit to Reading on February 21st and 22nd. We started in the afternoon of the 21st with a  welcome briefing at the hotel.  This was followed by a wonderful dinner at Bistro 614 in Reading, which was sponsored jointly by the Berks Economic Partnership and the York County Economic D…