The GLOBAL EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE
We need students who are knowledgeable about the world and who have an understanding of how other cultures work and how other people think.
Tony Evers, PhD, Wisconsin State Superintendent
The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate is awarded to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a strong interest in global citizenship by successfully completing a global education curriculum and engaging in co-curricular activities and experiences that foster the development of global competencies.
Wisconsin's Global Youth Summits have clearly demonstrated the excitement among many students, our First Globals, about their thirst for exploring a world beyond their immediate homes and communites. That world is well within their reach through travel, web-based inquiry and exploration. The Global Education Achievement Certificate adds a much needed global dimension to our students' coursework and extra-curricular engagement. Employers are looking for these skills and interests in their employees, and colleges and universities seek students with the learning experiences validated by the Certificate. Watch the short video below and read the article by Tony Evers and Gilles Bousquet for the Wisconsin Media Council, Wisconsin Sectors Must Unite for a Global Marketplace.
Tim Sullivan, Caterpillar/Bucyrus: “We are a very domestic-centric country. That model has to change for us to compete on the international stage… In our grade schools, in our junior high schools, we have to start exposing our kids to international languages, which is a hook that gets them interested in the culture, and teaching them about other cultures beside our own… If we are the types of companies that are saying ‘we need your help’ from an education standpoint, then we have to walk the walk and show them there’s a door at the end of the academic corridor that gets them a good paying job in a pretty exciting international landscape.”
Kimberly Bors, Johnson Controls: “Johnson Controls currently has about 137,000 people who are operating in 150 countries. What we look for specifically is the [ability to deal with] cultural diversity, not just language skills.”
Tom Guerin, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours: “When I interview candidates for positions as scientists at Kerry,” Guerin says, “I
look for the ability to see different sides of a problem, and I look for people who are still grounded in their culture of origin. I am not that interested in assimilation to an Anglo-Saxon lifestyle or point of view.” He feels strongly that diversity of viewpoints strengthens the work in R&D, especiall when a global corporation like Kerry places products in markets worldwide. “If you insist on assimilation among your employees, you are bound for failure. If, on the other hand, you encourage diversity of opinion and approaches to solutions, you will succeed,” Guerin says. “When I started out in this line of work 13 years ago, I thought it was all about the science. I found out that it’s not. Much of my work has to do with being able to communicate effectively with people from very diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.”