How are Cobb students developing the skills to become competitive in the global market?
Cobb students recognize the importance of becoming globally competent and seek more and more to earn the World Language graduation Seals.
The constantly increasing pace of change of the world presents a challenge to all students and educators. The new and strengthened virtual connections between communities around the world that were once far apart are now brought closer together by the advances in technology. This new environment requires students to acquire a new set of skills that allows them to communicate and interact with the people and businesses from multiple cultures around the world. This confronts us with the question of, how are Cobb students developing the skills to become globally competent?
A result of these new strengthened connections is the increased opportunity for Georgia businesses to expand their markets and welcome international companies to call Georgia their new home. Internationally owned companies contributed $3.3 billion and added more than 6,000 jobs in Georgia. This increase in international market in Georgia has generated a need for a workforce capable of filling positions requiring a global skillset. In response to this need to recognize global education for K-12 students in Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), through the World Languages and Workforce Initiatives Department, recognizes students’ global skills via two graduation seals. Qualifying students can earn the International Skills Diploma Seal and the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation signaling to universities and employers that they have acquired critical skills that better prepares them to enter the global workforce.
In Cobb, our students continue to demonstrate the importance of becoming globally competent and seek more and more to earn one or both GaDOE’s World Languages graduation seals. Our approved International Skills Diploma Seal schools graduated a total of 179 students who demonstrated through a capstone presentation the strong connection between the academic course content, their extracurricular activities, and their involvement in the community. In a similar way, our graduating class earned a total of 340 Biliteracy Seals, with some students earning a seal in more than one language. Among the languages represented are Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. All of the students demonstrated their language skills in English and at least one other language.
Cobb County students participating in World Languages programs develop competence in cultural awareness and language proficiency that is necessary to become competent global citizens.
For more information please use the links below:
Global Commerce division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD):
GaDOE International Skills Diploma Seal:
Germán Suárez, Supervisor