Spotlight on Ohlone:
Professor to introduce global business

By Esmeralda Leon, Staff writer.

Thursday, February 19, 2009—Reprinted from Monitor.

Chris Bolt. Professor Chris Bolt. —Staff photo.

Economics Professor Chris Bolt will be teaching two new classes this semester aimed at offering students a global focus on business and marketing.

The two new classes, Introduction to International Business and Introduction to International Marketing, are funded by a two-year, $163,327 federal grant. The grant was first proposed by International Programs and Services Director Eddie West. He came up with the proposal and decided to apply for a federal grant in fall 2007 with the help of other faculty members.

The Introduction to International Business course will be offered in fall 2009 and Introduction to International Marketing will be offered in 2010.

When West offered Bolt the position to teach the new courses, she willingly agreed. A faculty member at Ohlone for 23 years, Bolt has a bachelor’s degree in economics and mainly teaches economics and macroeconomics.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Eddie and all the people who were involved in making a strong proposal,” said Bolt. Bolt was in Australia in a study abroad program when she received the news that the proposal had been approved for the grant.

The proposal included the revisions on international law, international economics, and a minor revision for speech courses. The courses were revised in order to be included in the college’s Introduction to International Business certificate.

“Ultimately, we hope to have an associate’s degree program in international business,” said Bolt. These courses were approved for certificates.

There are no pre-requisites. Regarding transferability to a UC or CSU, Bolt explained that it varies, although most classes are transferable at least as electives. These new courses will provide students a new market segment where they could prepare for the CGBP exam, certifying them as global business professionals.

Bolt explained how vital it is to offer students an opportunity to learn the relationships between other countries. “California and Ohlone in particular is situated in a perfect place for international business,” said Bolt, “Our student population is from all over the world. It’s like a big gap that we don’t have international business. In this global market, how do we not have that?” The essential goal of the new courses, said Bolt, is to provide education for those who want to get a designation as a certified professional in global business.

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