10/6/2004

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Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School and International Programs, (785) 864-4963

KU career workshop to help high school students to think globally

LAWRENCE -- Hundreds of area high-school students will be attending the University of Kansas International Career Workshop Oct. 7 in the Kansas Union Ballroom to learn how they can have international careers without leaving the state.

Former Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer; representatives from Payless ShoeSource, the Red Cross, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Housing Resources Corp. and Gold Bank; and KU faculty members are among those scheduled to speak to more than 450 high school students from Lawrence, Olathe, Baldwin, Topeka, DeSoto and Perry-Lecompton.

The speakers will discuss the region as a global marketplace where companies, state government and other entities that have stakes in the international arena operate every day. The workshop is sponsored by the KU Office of International Programs.

"We believe that the International Career Conference will succeed in promoting the region as a springboard for launching students on challenging and exciting international careers.

"A wealth of international opportunities are available to current and future KU students throughout Kansas and in the greater Kansas City metro area, and the workshop is an excellent way to showcase KU's international reputation," said Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.international.ku.edu.

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