The world has never been more interconnected than it is now, and Washington is one of the most trade-dependent states in the U.S. The demand for jobs in trade and logistics in the tri-county area far exceeds the number of workers currently completing programs to fill those jobs (1,520 openings in 2010 and only 580 completions, according to the Washington State Employment Security, Labor Market and Economic Analysis Branch). Take advantage of these opportunities by enrolling in North Seattle Community College’s International Trade certificate program, being reintroduced in winter quarter 2013.
With the 24-credit certificate, you gain practical knowledge that equips you to work in entry-level positions in international trade, including logistics, supply chain management, freight forwarding, port operations, trade center operations, distribution networks and global marketing. You can explore global business for the first time or, as a career professional, upgrade skills with a focus on current international developments.
The first of five core courses that comprise the certificate, BUS 215, Introduction to International Business, is being offered winter quarter. Marcia Melsness, instructor, brings years of experience working for the Asia Pacific and Latin American division of a major software firm.
A new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in International Business is also under development at NSCC. Watch for details in the coming months.
Find Stable Employment & Serve Business Needs
Study of international business can be helpful in a shifting economy, explains Terry Cox, BEIT dean: “If you have the skillset to work in businesses that play in the global economy, you’ll have more employment stability. There is always opportunity somewhere, always some sector that is doing well.”
Warren Gross, with 40 years in commercial banking/international trade and finance, also notes, “Small businesses without internal expertise that are encountering international trade opportunities for the first time are confronted immediately with the differences in doing business in domestic and international markets. Such businesses value entry-level employees who have some perspective on those differences.”
Language Study & Business Opportunities Intersect
U.S. industry needs workers who have lived in the countries we trade with, who can speak the language and are familiar with the culture. As languages become an emerging skillset in the global economy, students may wish to study languages at North to complement credits in the international trade certificate program.
Latin America has a huge economy. Mexico is #13 in Washington state exports.
Japan is currently the third largest economy in the world, with a global influence in business, technology, art and culture.
China is the second largest economy in the world, one of the U.S.’s largest trading partners, and the fastest growing export market for Washington state.
Italy is one of the top five economies in the world. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy.
International students from Asian countries become very competitive in the world market by becoming proficient in both Spanish and English.
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