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October 9, 2007 > Ohlone Students Study Chinese in Record Numbers

Ohlone Students Study Chinese in Record Numbers

Submitted By Gosia Gizycki

Fall 2007 has seen a record number of students taking courses in Mandarin Chinese at Ohlone College in Fremont. This semester 21 classes are offered in Chinese, both on the Fremont campus and at Irvington and Mission San Jose high schools. Over 650 students are enrolled, driving to Ohlone from all over the bay area including San Ramon, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Jose.

Even the President of Ohlone College is taking a course in Mandarin. Dr. Doug Treadway has enrolled in a Conversational Chinese class to develop his language skills. He uses his basic language training while interacting with Chinese educators and government officials in developing educational exchange programs through Ohlone. Just last week, Treadway met with a delegation of four Chinese officials from the city of Hanzhou in the Zhejiang province of China with other Ohlone officials to strengthen ties and make plans for further exchange.

Dean Mikelyn Stacey says that the demand for classes is growing. One businessperson from San Francisco has asked if Ohlone can teach Chinese to all his employees. The high demand for language training further emphasizes the international nature of education at Ohlone, echoed in the College's theme "A World of Cultures United in Learning."

Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000

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