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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Did you know that China is the second largest economy in the world or that many U.S. companies do business in China and have long-term investments there? International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. With China being such a huge market, business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.

Deborah Greenwood knows these facts. As principal of Forest Hills Global Elementary School, she is looking out for the future opportunities for students to be successful in the global careers of the future. Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Forest Hills is looking to offer a Mandarin Chinese Immersion program. In order for the Mandarin class to take place, they need to have at least 20 kindergarten students enrolled. The slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Students in the Forest Hills district will be given priority, but students from other areas have the opportunity to apply to the program.

“We are such a global world now and China is a major influence in the world marketplace. A Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program will offer an excellent opportunity for our students to get a jump start on preparing for the careers of the future, Mrs. Greenwood said. “This will give our students a great advantage,” she added.

Mrs. Greenwood explained the study of the Chinese language opens the way to many important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history or archaeology. Forest Hills already has a highly successful Spanish Immersion Program in which current students are excelling academically while they become fluent in the language.

Immersion program applications are available online at www.nhcs.net under “Items of Interest” or for pick up at Forest Hills, 602 Colonial Drive. The application deadline is March 1, 2014. If you are the parent of an upcoming kindergarten student and would like more information about the Mandarin Chinese Immersion program, contact Forest Hill Global Elementary School at (910) 251-6190 or email Mrs. Greenwood at deborah.greenwood@nhcs.net.

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