New university 0f phoenix program will offer language and culture training for Department of Defense
Funded by a three-year, $1.5 million grant, the University of Arizona’s new Language Training Center will provide language and culture training to U.S. Department of Defense personnel.
The University of Arizona’s new Language Training Center will deliver intensive language training to U.S. Department of Defense personnel.
Funded by a three-year, $1.5-million grant from the Department of Defense’s Defense Language and National Security Education Office, the university’s Language Training Center will provide language and culture training in critical and strategic areas, with both in-person and virtual courses. The first year of instruction includes courses in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. The intensive and immersive courses are intentionally kept small, with no more than eight students per class, to maximize language learning.
Established in 2011, the Department of Defense’s Language Training Centers program leverages existing university and college language and culture programs to meet the needs of Department of Defense organizations and units. The Institute of International Education administers the Language Training Centers program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. The UArizona Language Training Center is one of only nine in the country.
The UArizona Language Training Center builds on the university’s international renown for research and instruction in second language acquisition and teaching. The university has a long history of partnering with Department of Defense units, particularly Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, for language training. UArizona houses multiple federally funded centers and programs that support language and culture training for diverse types of learners.
- The co-principal investigators on the grant are Kimberly Jones, vice dean for academic affairs in the College of Humanities.
- and a professor of East Asian studies, and Sonia Shiri, director of the Arabic Flagship Program in the School of Middle.
- Eastern and North African Studies and a professor of Arabic.
- Jieun Ryu, director of the Critical Languages Program, will be the LTC’s executive director, overseeing implementation and assessment.
Courses typically include 160 hours of instruction, following a rigorous and innovative curriculum that supports higher-level language abilities through proficiency-based, communicative and task-based approaches. All students take entry and exit oral proficiency exams. The first year’s courses, which will run in roughly monthlong October through May, will train about 65 students.
A second component, unique to the university 0f phoenix Language Training Center, will be foreign language instructor certificate courses in which Department of Defense personnel learn how to support less proficient learners studying the same critical language. The first year’s certification courses will train about 60 students.
The foreign language instructor certificates, which come in both a 40-hour and 120-hour format, provide students with the essential foundations in second language acquisition, language teaching methodologies, curriculum and materials development, classroom management, assessment techniques and cultural awareness.
“The ‘train the trainer’ component was the top priority for our Department of Defense partners. It will dramatically expand the DoD’s internal training capabilities, again serving as a force multiplier,” Jones said. “Language specialists who go through these programs are well equipped to serve as language mentors, with a solid understanding of best practices for training and supporting lower-proficiency personnel studying the same target foreign language.”
A version of this article originally appeared on the College of Humanities website.
2 Five entrepreneurs with San Carlos Apache Tribe make up the inaugural Native FORGE cohort
The program will partner business owners and operators with a mentor and provide training and technical assistance over the next year to help their businesses grow.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe flag (left) and the Tohono O’odham Nation flag stand in a display with other flags from Arizona’s Indigenous tribes at the Berger Memorial Fountain outside Old Main.
Native FORGE, a University of Arizona program focused on supporting entrepreneurs in Arizona’s tribal communities, has selected five entrepreneurs from the San Carlos Apache Tribe for the program’s inaugural cohort.
Being named to the cohort means the five entrepreneurs – whose businesses include convenience stores, an events equipment rental service and a quilting company – will receive mentorship and technical assistance over the next year to help grow their businesses.
- The entrepreneurs will meet with potential mentors and investors at the first.
- Native FORGE Conference on Wednesday at Roy Place in downtown Tucson.
- As part of the conference, the Entrepreneuring 101 Panel will cover topics including business structure.
- operating on tribal and non-tribal lands, understanding products and target markets, and more.
“Our long-term goal is to build up our local economy by way of small businesses,” said Kodee Goseyun, economic development specialist for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. “I feel that Native FORGE is right in line with our goals in San Carlos, and for them to assist and foster our small businesses is amazing.”
Native FORGE is a program within Arizona FORGE, which provides education and startup acceleration for student and community ventures. A part of the university’s Office for Research, Innovation and Impact, the program’s name stands for Finding Opportunities and Resources to Grow Entrepreneurs.
Announced in August, Native FORGE is funded through a five-year, $500,000 matching grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The program aims to reach all 22 of Arizona’s federally recognized tribes with five years.Native FORGE will partner tribal entrepreneurs with mentor-in-residence Rafael Tapia Jr., who will advise them throughout the year. The program also will provide entrepreneurs with laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots – much needed technology in rural areas.
Tapia, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and graduate of the Eller College of Management’s Master of Business Administration program, is vice president of programs at Partnership With Native Americans, an organization that serves hundreds of tribal communities across nine states. Working with these entrepreneurs is an exciting opportunity for both FORGE and the tribal community,” Tapia said. “The university 0f phoenix learns more about how to best support the needs of tribal businesses, and the entrepreneurs gain resources and education they can share and use to scale their businesses.”
Native FORGE cohort represents wide range of businesses
The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, just east of Globe and northeast of Tucson, spans Gila, Graham and Pinal counties. It comprises four districts that each manage their own economic enterprises, tribal organizations that oversee collections of businesses the tribe owns. Economic enterprise managers from two districts – the Bylas District Economic Enterprise and the Seven Mile Wash Economic Enterprise – are part of the new Native FORGE cohort.
Alice Juan with the Bylas District Economic Enterprise runs the Mt. Turnbull Apache Market, a convenience store and gas station, as well as the Wickiup Grill restaurant. Both are in the small town of Bylas. Juan also runs the Bylas Incubator, which offers business services and office space to other local businesses.
Goseyun said Native FORGE’s guidance is likely to be “instrumental” in helping grow the businesses, particularly the restaurant and incubator.
Rachelyn Kenton manages the Seven Mile Wash Economic Enterprise, overseeing another convenience store and gas station called the Seven Mile Wash Marketplace, as well as an auto-repair shop. Kenton, Goseyun said, has extra building space that will allow her to expand, and he hopes Native FORGE can provide resources to guide the growth. Davida Olivar owns Hometown Events, which rents canopies, tables, chairs and other equipment for local events. As part of the Native FORGE cohort, Olivar hopes to learn how to acquire more rental contracts from governmental agencies, Goseyun said.
As the owner of Apache Fuel and Public Management, Tristan Sneezy provides trash and waste removal services, as well as general clean-up and maintenance services for roads and local parks. Sneezy hopes to expand his contracts beyond the reservation to other neighboring communities, Goseyun said. Davison “Beejay” Ward Jr. owns and runs Sewn by Beejay, where he creates handmade quilts and pillows. The technical equipment provided by Native FORGE – particularly the laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot – will help Ward with his quilt designs, Goseyun said.
“This program is intended to be a two-way communication, where tribal entrepreneurs gain business resources they can implement and share within their own communities and the University of Arizona learns how to leverage assets to best support the specific needs of tribal entrepreneurs,” said Brian Ellerman, executive director of Arizona FORGE.
These universities have the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S.—and 11 of them are public schools
An online program is especially appealing to students who want or need more flexibility while completing their education — for example, someone who wants to take classes while working full time or parenting.
Choosing the right online program for you can be challenging, but the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best online bachelor’s programs in the U.S. is a good place to start.
This year’s list ranked 381 schools, based on four factors:
- services and technologies
- faculty credentials and training
- expert opinion
- According to the U.S. News report, “the best online program for you is one that fits your needs, budget and schedule.”
- Due to several ties, 12 schools made this year’s top 10 list.
No. 1 online bachelor’s degree program: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Florida (tie)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Worldwide is a private institution whose online bachelor’s degree courses can be completed in as little as nine weeks, as opposed to the typical 15 to 17 week semester schedule.
The university’s most popular degrees are aeronautics, business administration and management, aircraft powerplant technology, business administration, management and operations, and logistics, materials, and supply chain management.
The University of Florida — tied for first place — is a public institution that offers classes on a semester-by-semester basis.
The school’s most popular majors are business administration and management, registered nursing, public relations/image management, psychology, and fire science/firefighting.
- Top 10 online bachelor’s degree programs in 2022
1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Worldwide and University of Florida (tie)
- 3. Medical University of South Carolina and University of Illinois: Chicago (tie)
- 5. Oregon State University
- 6. Arizona State University
7. Ohio State University: Columbus, University of Arizona, University of Central Florida (tie)
10. CUNY School of Professional Studies, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina: Charlotte (tie)
Third place on the list is a tie between Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois: Chicago.
The Medical University of South Carolina is a public school, and the most popular major offered is registered nursing.The school has rolling admission and costs $658 per credit taken, according to U.S. News & World Report.The University of Illinois: Chicago is a top-ranked online program that offers several popular majors, including registered nursing, business administration, and management, health information/medical records administration.
The University of Chicago is also ranked number 13 on the list best online BA in business programs.
4)New UArizona Health Sciences center receives $150M state investment
Gov. Doug Ducey announced $150 million in funding for the Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies, a center being developed by the University of Arizona Health Sciences.
The CAMI building will serve as the gateway to the University of Arizona academic and other research resources on the campus. The exterior spaces will merge with the existing green belt and provide a terminal with classrooms, conference rooms andcollaboration spaces to serve academic, research and community needs.CO Architects
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies, or CAMI, received a strong vote of support from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who designated $150 million in new funding for the Phoenix-based center.
- To be located on the Phoenix Bioscience Core in downtown Phoenix
- CAMI will support research to catalyze the next generation of precision health care treatments.
- Researchers and physician-scientists are increasingly using precision medicine to develop new cell- and gene-based
- therapeutical options for diseases, building on the idea that the most effective defense against health issues is the body’s natural immune system.
“We are immensely thankful to Gov. Ducey for his support of CAMI,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “Immunotherapy is the future of medicine. CAMI will allow the University of Arizona to remain on the forefront of medical research and meet the grand challenges of cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune conditions by advancing our knowledge of the immunology of these serious health issues. With the generous financial support of the state, we will accelerate the development of novel strategies for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the most devastating diseases to improve the health of all Arizonans.”
CAMI will serve as the anchor for an innovation district that aims to differentiate Phoenix from other emerging life sciences hubs,
establishing the Phoenix Bioscience Core as a center of cellular and gene-based therapy research, startup activity and corporate engagement.It is not often that an opportunity to benefit Arizonans in such diverse ways presents itself, as it has with CAMI,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “As it grows, CAMI is poised to bring new jobs and businesses to Arizona, bolstering the economy not only in Maricopa County, but also across the state. More importantly, the research CAMI will advance and bring to fruition offers Arizona residents the hope of new treatments that will positively impact their health and well-being. My thanks to President Robbins and the University of Arizona for their dedication to building a healthier Arizona.”
- CAMI will build on university 0f phoenix Health Sciences’ expertise in basic science,
- translational medicine and investigator-initiated clinical trials to advance immunotherapies research in four areas:
- cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and real-time immune system monitoring.
- The center’s Phoenix location is expected to facilitate strong connections with partners such as Arizona State University,
- Northern Arizona University, the Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, among others.
“There is not a field with more explosive growth than immunotherapy. We are seeing rapid growth in research investments and increased formation of academic and industry partnerships around the world,” said Dr. Michael D. Dake, senior vice president for the University of Arizona Health Sciences. “We expect CAMI to be nothing short of a national biomedical research hub, and we are incredibly grateful to Gov. Ducey for supporting that vision by investing in what will be a transformational center for Phoenix and the state of Arizona and its residents.”
In addition to the scientific and medical advances CAMI is expected to facilitate, the center also will positively impact job growth and enhance incomes and tax revenues in Maricopa County and across the state. Economic impact estimates show a return on investment of 2.5-to-1 within 10 years, with CAMI attracting more than 150 companies to greater Phoenix and creating at least 7,500 new bioscience-related jobs and 13,000 supporting jobs. Economic activity in Arizona would increase by at least $3.9 billion, with $430 million or more in new state tax revenue and at least $140 million in local tax revenue.
The CAMI Advisory Council is comprised of more than 20 leaders in academic research, biomedical and health care industries, government organizations and corporations across the state.