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Enrollment Opens for 2008 Localization Certification Programs

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California State University, Chico, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) and the Localization Institute announce early enrollment for the 2008 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, March 31-April 2, and on the campus of Saint Louis University, at the Boeing Institute of International Business, St. Louis, USA, June 16-18. The Localization Project Management Certification will be presented April 3-4 at EUROMED Marseille Ecole de Management and June 19-20 at Saint Louis University.

Now in its third year, the Localization Certification Program was developed by industry experts, representing the leading professional associations, publishers, and academic institutions in the field, in response to the growing demand for localization professionals. More than 150 professionals have now received certification through the program. “The Localization industry continues to mature, as more and more businesses and organizations are learning the positive value of ‘localizing’ their products and services with properly translated messages and culturally sensitive Web sites. The industry has now topped more than $8.8 billion in translation and localization services, and our current research demonstrates that there is more room for growth and improvement in this emerging market,” commented Professor Nitish Singh, Saint Louis University.

The Localization Certification Program and the Localization Project Management Certification consist of a mix of online coursework leading to an onsite workshop with practitioner-led lectures and lab sessions culminating with a certification exam. New this year is the offering of the Localization Project Management Certification in Europe for the first time. “Our presenters represent some of the major leaders in localization. Last year we hosted experts from Lionbridge, Oracle, SDL Trados, Idiom Technologies, Microsoft, Cisco, and HP, just to name a few. We will also highlight leading businesses who emulate best-practices and working professionals who serve the industry with advanced applications and approaches to localization,” added Boris Bartikowski, Associate Professor of Marketing, EUROMED Marseille Ecole de Management.

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

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.