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Alabama's Global Connections

Global Alabama How global is Alabama? Changing de mographics and economic opportunities show we're more global than ever. $4 bn $3 bn $3 bn 2000 2010 86% increase in the foreign- born population Spanish, German and Chinese are the most commonly spoken foreign languages. of jobs are tied to international trade of state GDP tied to 11% 22% goods exports Canada, Germany and China are our top export markets. That's more than one out of every five jobs in the state. How are we preparing students?: Schools can not yet meet com munity i needs and workforce dem an ds. 66 We are now living in a world without borders, and in order to maintain America's com 7% of Alabama's K- 12 students study a foreign language. And higher ed foreign languag e enrollment increased 35% bet ween 2002 and 2009 petitive edge into the future we need students who are prepared to compete not only with their American peers, but with students from all across the globe for the jobs of tomorrow. < 1% High Scho ol < 1% Post-Secondary - Sonny Perdue Former Govenor of Georgia Twenty-one of the top 25 industrialized countries Vast majority of Alabama students do not take part in study abroad programs. begin language instruction in elementary school. How do we plan for the future? Visit our website Connect local ly Make y our case • Access one million data points • Map it by county or state • Mappingthe • Find partners • Access resources • Use the toolkit • Share your ideas OAsia LONGVIEW Ssas MAPPING THE NATION: Society" LINKING LOCAL TO GLOBAL Partnership for Global Learning FOUNDATION ap roject from Sources: American Community Suney 2007 - 2011; The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; Business RoundTable / Trade Partnership; Committee Economic Analysis. Economic Development; Datamyne, Modern Language Association, NAFSA: Association of Irternational Educators US. Bureau of

Alabama's Global Connections

shared by AsiaSociety on Dec 16
Alabama is globally connected economically and demographically—but what about its education system?




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