Enrollment Announced for Localization Certification Programs in Europe and California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-15-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143
Joe Picard
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

California State University, Chico, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, the Globalization and Localization Association and the Localization Institute announce early enrollment for the Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification.

The Localization Certification Program will be offered on the campus of EUROMED Marseille Ecole de Management, Marseille, France, April 25-27, and at California State University, Chico, June 12-14.

Localization is an emerging field which encompasses the process of preparing products and services, and their supporting messages, for the global market. Every year businesses throughout the world spend more than $8 billion in language translation and localization services, according to Professor Nitish Singh, director of the Localization Program at CSU, Chico.

To address an expanding need for localization professionals, industry experts representing the leading business associations, publishers and academic institutions in the field established the Localization Certification Program in 2006. Last year, more than 75 professionals, students and presenters participated in the program.

"This year we will be hosting experts from Oracle, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Lionbridge, and other leading businesses," said Singh. "We have expanded our offerings and will present programs in Europe and North America. We have also added a new program in project management to provide advance education for those developing international Web enterprises."

Individuals who successfully complete the Localization Certification Program will be eligible for 20 American Translators Association continuing education credits.

New this year, the partnership of industry leaders has developed the Localization Project Management Certification. The program will take place on the CSU, Chico campus immediately after the Localization Certification Program in Chico, June 15-16.

The Localization Project Management Certification focuses on the management and development of culturally customized and localized Web sites with a focus on proven and emerging applications and techniques utilized by international business. The certification program comprises 20 hours of self-paced, online programming, a two-day hands-on lab and workshop, and an on-site exam.

Translators, product marketing managers, Web project managers, business development executives, Web developers and designers, Web application developers, global entrepreneurs, localization professionals, international trade representatives, educators and students in the field are encourage to take advantage of these certification programs.

Localization applications and hands-on computer laboratory support have been provided by Lionbridge, PASSALO, Alchemy CATALYST, Idiom Technologies and SDL Trados. Additional support has been provided by MultiLingual Computing. Lionbridge has extended its support for the program by sponsoring scholarships for students.

For more information on the Localization Certification Program and the Localization Project Management Certification please visit http://rce.csuchico.edu/localize or call the California State University, Chico Continuing Education office at 530-898-6105.

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