Enrollment Announced for Localization Certification Programs in Europe and California

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The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), California State University, Chico, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, and The Localization Institute announce early enrollment for the Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification.

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), California State University, Chico, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, and The Localization Institute announce early enrollment for the Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification.

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

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.

"The response to the program has been excellent. Last year, we met our capacity and unfortunately had to turn people away, so this year we are presenting programs in Europe and North America. We have also added a new program in project management to provide advanced education for those developing international web enterprises," mentioned Professor Nitish Singh, Localization Program Director, California State University, Chico.

Early enrollment is open for the Localization Certification Program, which will be offered on the campus of EUROMED Marseille Ecole de Management, Marseille, France, April 25-27, 2007 and June 12-14, 2007 at California State University, Chico, California.

The program at EUROMED will include presenters Daniel Carter, Founding Member of GALA and localization consultant; Boris Bartikowski, Professor Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management; Ultan Ó Broin, Business Development Manager, Oracle; Francois Richard, Globalization Management, Hewlett-Packard; Leif Sonstenes localization specialist; Janaina Wittner, WHP; Angelika Zerfass, localization consultant and Trados trainer; Joseph Dengler, Passolo trainer; Patricia McKenna, Alchemy Software Development Ltd.; Inger Larsen Larsen G11N; and Fred Tuinstra, Process Architect, Lionbridge Technologies.

The program at CSU, Chico will include presenters Francis Tsang, Globalization Director, Adobe Systems; Timothy Spence, Senior Director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide; Bill Hall, internationalization consultant; Kit Brown, localization specialist and author; Alison Toon, Translation and Localization Manager, Hewlett-Packard; Bev Corwin, CEO, Enso Corporation; Angelika Zerfass, localization consultant and TRADOS trainer; Martin Guttinger, Manager of Translation and Localization, Cisco Systems; Steve Billing, Senior Engineer, Idiom Technologies; Kirti Vashee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Language Weaver; Darrin Odell, HR Director, LionBridge; and Kevin Bolen, Chief Marketing Officer, Lionbridge Technologies.

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

Localization applications and hands-on computer laboratory support have been provided by Lionbridge, PASSOLO, 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.

The CSU, Chico Localization Program is funded in part by the US Department of Education Business International Education Program.

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.

About California State University, Chico

Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in California and among the most highly ranked public universities in the Western United States. CSU, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education extends the educational services of the University to students throughout the world.

About Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management

Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management is a European institution for management education, conceptual and innovative research and service. Euromed Marseille seeks to promote expertise in leadership and management by developing a Euro-Mediterranean approach responding to the current and future needs of international and national communities.

About The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a non-profit, international industry association for the translation, internationalization, localization, and globalization industry. The association gives members a common forum to discuss issues, create innovative solutions, promote the industry, and present a joint - and more powerful - voice within the industry and to the outside community.

About The Localization Institute

Founded in 1996, The Localization Institute provides professionals access to quality training and learning opportunities in the rapidly evolving field of localization. The Localization Institute offers public events and private consulting engagements that help companies reduce the cost and time required to deliver localized products and services.

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