International growth opportunities for the local economy will be explored during the spring quarter Community Conversations lecture series at Lower Columbia College. LCC president Chris Bailey said he believes the college has an important role in helping to identify and respond to strategic opportunities.
Suzanne Cusick, Longview superintendent of schools, will give the opening lecture April 11 in the free lunchtime series “Cowlitz County: Our Growing International Connections.” Her topic is “Educating Our Future International Workforce” and will focus on Chinese teacher exchanges and the district’s Chinese language program.
Subsequent lectures will be given by regional experts on economic development, transportation, global competitiveness, intercultural endeavors and globalization.
Most lectures take place Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wollenberg Auditorium at LCC’s Rose Center for the Arts. The exception is the May 17 lecture, which will be on a Friday in the Heritage Room of the LCC Administration Building by Paul Laufman, retired CEO of United Paradyne. His topic is “Space Policy and its Entrepreneurial Impact in the Pacific Northwest.”
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. For information, contact Susan Groth, 360-442-2110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics and speakers:
- April 11 — Educating Our Future Workforce: Chinese teacher exchanges and language programs; Suzanne Cusick, superintendent, Longview School District
- April 18 — Lower Columbia College’s Role in the Region’s Future; Chris Bailey, president, Lower Columbia College
- April 25 — Increasing Washington’s International Competitiveness; Eric Shinfield, president of World Trade Council and chief of staff of Seattle Chamber of Commerce
- May 2 — A Look into the Future Economy of Cowlitz County; Ted Sprague, director, Cowlitz Economic Development Council
- May 9 — Benefits and Opportunities in International Education; Margit Brumbaugh, director, LCC International Programs
- May 17 (Friday) — Space Policy and its Entrepreneurial Impact in the Pacific NW (held in Heritage Room of administration building); Paul Laufman, retired CEO, United Paradyne
- May 23 — Connection of our Major Industries to World Markets and Producers; Peter Bennett, vice president of Business Development, Millennium Bulk Terminals
- May 30 — Longview Sister City Commission: Expanding Our Intercultural Connections; Eileen Bergeson, LCC business faculty, and Tom Hutchinson, Longview City Council
- June 6 — Our Regional and International Transportation Connections; Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, CEO, Port of Longview, and other port representatives
- June 13 — How Globalization Affects Labor: Past, Present and Future; John Philbrook, LCC Board of Trustees member and ILWU officer, and Jeff Davis, commissioner at Port of Olympia and ILWU officer