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16A Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Feather River Bulletin A visit from Smokey Smokey Bear poses with students in Susan Robinson and Carly Kurpjuweit's second-grade class at Quincy Elementary School on April 13. Smokey accompanied representatives of the Forest Service who taught the students how to be more fire safe. Photos submitted Quincy Elementary School students give Smokey Bear a big hug following a presentation by Forest Service representatives about the dangers of fire and what the children can do to help prevent forest fires. Local students get new global trade education opportunities The California community college system offers various international business courses; however, some students may not understand how international business exposure can specifically help them. To address this, Leah Goold-Haws, director of the Center for International Trade Development for the Far North Region, has developed a series of introductc ! courses that focus on global business and online commerce. The courses are being rolled out in schools located statewide throughout 2015. "We have something for everyone: middle schoolers, high schoolers and community college students," Goold-Haws said. "They need to know about the availability and the importance of global careers, and that's why we've developed fun, enriching programs that deliver those messages to them." A description of each program follows: Middle school program MyScaryWorld.com is designed for middle school students, and is being offered for free to students throughout California through the remainder of the 2015 school year. The program was developed through a grant from the California Endowment; Gnosis ' Communications is introducing the program to schools throughout the region. When students log on to the website, they take a fun, interactive look at hundreds of career options based on their current interests and personality traits. "My Scary World meets middle school kids where they are at and gives them access to a world of possible careers," said Angela Cordell, owner of Gnosis Communications. "For example, many kids who explore the site run across the career option of 'ship or boat captain' -- I wish someone would have told me I could be a ship captain when I was 12 years old!" As a student explores the site, her information is aggregated and saved so that her teachers, parents and high school councilors can help her make richer class and extracurricular choices in high school. Junior CITD The Junior Center for International Trade Development is designed for high school seniors to become familiar with global business language and principles in a class project forum. "The program is designed to help students prepare for the certified global business professional exam, a nationally recognized credential," Goold-Haws said. According to Goold-Haws, this credential is helpful for anyone seeking to enter the global marketplace after college graduation. "Companies are looking for certifications like this now," she said. "They want to know that their new hires are competent in areas like finance, marketing, logistics and management; this certification ensures that they are." Virtual internship The Virtual Internship Program, a project developed by Goold-Haws in partnership with Rob Pidduck, of Ningbo, China, pairs community college students with businesses overseas to participate in a virtual internship. Currently, students from Northern California communicate remotely with a trade office and students in China, assisting them with research projects and other trade development efforts. "Through this, students are introduced to concepts of global business and learn the impact of technology on their careers," Goold-Haws said. "They learn that business can be done from anywhere, which is so important in many of the North State's rural communities." The Virtual Internship Program is funded in part by the California Community Colleges as part of the Doing What Matters Initiative. It is exclusive to pilot colleges in the Far North region and Bay Area. All of the programs are designed to help young people broaden their perceptions regarding what is possible in their future career paths. "We're planting a seed and starting a conversation with young students about their future career potential," said Cordell. "We start opening their minds to these concepts, and they start to understand and believe there are careers all over the globe that they may be suited for." About the Center for International Trade Development Establishdd in 1989, the California Centers for International Trade Development are funded by the Ch/ncellor's Office of the State of California to promote the state's international trade and competitiveness, assist exporters and importers, and advance economic and job growth. The CITDs assist California business to expand internationally as well as help colleges become more globalized. The California CITDs have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance 'services to companies and individuals in the state of California. 6 pc. Dining Room Set Solid Oak Rockers All Candies Now 10% 0ff! Dining Room ! with 6 Chairs Or 150 ao Microflber Recliner EUROTOP Best selection Best prices Guaranteed MAIN ST., ACCESSORIES loosin Many under s20! 10% Solid Oak TV Console Over 100 reclhers in stock ! (