Meadville Tribune reports shortage of language teachers in NW PA

A week after telling the Conneaut School Board that the district has been unable to find a foreign language teacher to fill the vacancy left by the departure of the Conneaut Area Senior High German teacher, Superintendent Jarrin Sperry offered a straightforward update on the search.

“Still looking,” he said following Wednesday’s meeting.

— Meadville Tribune, 8/9/18

While the Conneaut vacancy in German and an opening in Penncrest for a French instructor are of acute local concern, the article goes on to say that “[t]he dearth of foreign language teachers is evident throughout the districts that make up the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit.”

Read the full article here.


Christina Moreschi in the Office of Career Education has alerted us to an excellent entry level employment opportunity in the field of translation and editing for recent graduates who have studied Arabic, German or Spanish.  The company is One Planet Corporation and the position is based in Pittsburgh.  
Details are available via Gator Connect.  This link takes you to the posting — simply log in and you will be redirected there.

 Application deadline is July 25th.

2019 China EL Term Information Session: 5/2

Campus holds simulation for refugee journey


  • Fields include Finance, Accounting, PR & Communications, Consulting and HR.
  • Note that for American interns, the internship usually takes place during a semester hiatus from college or upon successful completion of a degree program in order to gain German-American business experience prior to entering the workforce.

For complete details and applications, please see the GACC Internship website here.

Internships at GACC Midwest

GACC Midwest offers internships for talented students and recent graduates. All internships offer the opportunity to gain work experience in a truly bilingual and bicultural environment, with support from colleagues that can help speed the learning curve of understanding intercultural differences and nuances.

General Requirements for all Internships:

  • The minimum duration for internships is nine months for interns requiring J-1 Visa sponsorship and six months for interns that do not require a visa.

The following are the main requirements for all internship positions at GACC Midwest. Interns must also meet the specific requirements for the type of internship for which they are applying.
o    High-level proficiency in English and German (unless otherwise noted)
o    Strong research and communication skills (verbal and written)
o    Excellent computer skills (internet navigation and the entire MS Office Suite)
o    High degree of self-initiative
o    A great interest in working with an international team and a high level of motivation to help GACC Midwest accomplish its mission

  • Applicants without United States citizenship/permanent residency will need a J-1 Visa in order to intern in the U.S. Once you have been accepted into the internship program we will provide you with information on how to apply for a J-1 Visa. All J-1 interns will also receive help to get settled into Chicago.
  • For American interns, the internship usually takes place during a semester hiatus from college or upon successful completion of a degree program in order to gain German-American business experience prior to entering the workforce.
  • Those interns requiring a visa are responsible for obtaining their own J-1 Visa and covering the associated costs.


  • Interns will receive compensation of $1600 USD per month

Clarification of Traineeships vs. Internships for J-1 Visa Applicants:

In addition to internship opportunities, GACC Midwest also offers traineeships to more experienced professionals who are seeking to enhance their careers through international work experience and exposure to American culture. To determine whether you are eligible for an internship or a traineeship under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, please see the criteria below. If applying for a traineeship, simply follow the same application instructions as for an internship.

Internships are for those applicants who are still currently enrolled in a degree program at a university or equivalent institution outside of the United States or who have already graduated not more than 12 months before the start of their internship. The maximum duration is 12 months.

Traineeships are for those applicants who have already obtained their degree and have a minimum of one year of work experience following graduation outside of the United States. Applicants without a degree who have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of interest may also apply. The maximum duration is 18 months.

Language students honored

The Global Citizens Scholars Program is hosting a Refugee Awareness Week beginning April 17th at 7 pm, with a Refugee Camp Simulation in Schultz Banquet Hall.

In this hour long, interactive simulation, participants will learn about the difficulties of life in a refugee camp, the struggle of crossing a border, and experience what more than 22.5 million refugees face worldwide.

Participants will gain insight as to what it feels like to be a refugee, facing a number of obstacles with the hope of being resettled. Space is limited for the simulation, and anyone interested can contact Emily Smith <smithe3> to sign up!

Then, on Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm in the Collaboratory, there will be a panel discussing access, inclusion, and community-building alongside academic learning in the case of refugee youth in America. Registration is not required for this event.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Smith or Professor Laura Reeck <lreeck>.

There will be a celebration for the Chinese New Year which will include prizes, games, and food at 5 p.m. Friday, February 16, in Campus Center 206.

Ecology of the Azores Islands

Prof. Erik Zettler (Sea Education Association, MA) & Prof. Linda Amaral-Zettler (Dept. of Geological Sci., Brown University)

This course provides a panoramic view of Azorean Natural Heritage and will explore emblematic aspects of Azorean biodiversity and environment. Includes guided tours of the Azores Islands.

View the brochure.

See the full syllabus.