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PSU to Offer Biliteracy Seal

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Hannah Wade is a senior at Pittsburg State University. She's majoring in Spanish and minoring in International Business. Once she gets those degrees, she hopes to apply for a dental hygiene program and use her Spanish to help people in pain.

"We have patients that come and they're not really sure how to communicate their pain when they come into the office. Clearly I work in a dental office right now(referring to her scrubs)" 

There could be more students majoring in another language thanks to a new Seal of Biliteracy program coming to PSU.

"Students who have been immersed in modern languages, lets say they're at high school level. They'll be able to take a course here and that will basically affirm those skills skill sets as to where they're at and it'll place them into the program" says Howard Smith, the university's vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success.

So students who have already taken french or Spanish courses in high school and have a gold seal, meaning they have basic conversation skills or a platinum seal, meaning they have near native speech will be able to take a fifth semester course at PSU.
If they get a "C" or better, they'll only have to enroll in three more classes to get a minor or six more for a major, saving students time and money, and possibly opening more doors for their future..

"Any employment area today, somebody that's bilingual is certainly going to have an opportunity or step up on somebody that doesn't. In our particular situation, regionally or even as a country, we do so many things today where that would be such a great additional skill set to have" says Smith.

The program will be available for students enrolling next fall. Reps from the university says several area high schools are participating in the biliteracy seal program. 

So whether you're like Hannah and hope to use your language degree to help people in a painful situation, or hope to help yourself get a job after college, getting that certificate is about to be more easily attained.

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