For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013

Spring Quarter Series: Our Growing International Connections

As we forge a pathway forward to a more vibrant economic future in Cowlitz County; what unique opportunities exist today that will open doors for a more prosperous future?

The Lower Columbia College Community Conversations series for Spring Quarter 2013, Cowlitz County: Our Growing International Connections will examine emerging opportunities for economic growth and development of the future. Speakers will include regional experts on economic development, transportation, global competitiveness, intercultural endeavors, and globalization.

Lectures take place Thursdays, beginning April 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Community Conversations is a free lecture series open to LCC students and the general public each quarter. College credit is available by enrolling in Humanities 106 (Community Conversations).

The first lecture, presented by Suzanne Cusick, Longview School District: Educating Our Future International Workforce will focus on Chinese teacher exchanges and the Chinese language program. Other speakers within the series include Chris Bailey, President of Lower Columbia College; Erin Shinfield, President, World Trade Council and Chief of Staff, Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Ted Sprague, Director, Cowlitz Economic Development Council; Peter Bennett, VP of Business Development, Millennium Bulk Terminals and representatives from the Port of Longview, Port of Olympia and more.

Paul Laufman, retired CEO of United Paradyne will be presenting on Friday, May 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the LCC Administration Building. The topic of his lecture is Space Policy and its Entrepreneurial Impact in the Pacific Northwest.

Chris Bailey, President of Lower Columbia College believes the college has an important role in helping to identify and respond to strategic opportunities that exist to embrace emerging international connections and sees this as vital to the future economic development of our region.

Topics for upcoming lectures include:

  • April 11: Educating Our Future Workforce; Chinese teacher exchanges & language programs
  • April 18: Lower Columbia College’s Role in the Region’s Future
  • April 25: Increasing Washington’s International Competitiveness
  • May 2: A Look into the Future Economy of Cowlitz County
  • May 9: Benefits and opportunities in International Education
  • May 17: *Space Policy and its Entrepreneurial Impact in the Pacific NW
  • May 23: Connection of our Major Industries to World Markets and Producers
  • May 30: Longview Sister City Commission: Expanding Our Intercultural Connections
  • June 6: Our Regional and International Transportation Connections
  • June 13: How Globalization Affects Labor: Past, Present and Future

For additional information contact:

Courtney Shah, Social Science Instructor,

Community Conversations

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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