The U.S. Department of Education recently notified Utica Community Schools that it will receive a federal grant of nearly $1.5 million over the course of five years to establish a Mandarin Chinese language program through 12th grade.
UCS is one of only eight school districts in the United States to receive a Foreign Language Assistance Program grant. The funding is intended to support new, innovative or expanded programs of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school students, resulting in a superior level of language proficiency.
UCS Superintendent Christine Johns said China’s recent entry into the automotive industry means many working in Detroit’s automotive industry in the future will need to know the Chinese language to succeed and compete in the marketplace.
This is not a view that is widely supported in industry not does experience bear it out.