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Global economy demands bilingual workers, company executives urge students to learn second language

7:06 PM, Jan. 25, 2013
Executives from Oshkosh Corp. and Kimberly Clark met with Oshkosh Area School District middle school and high school students Thursday to speak with them about the importance of a bilingual education in the 21st century world marketplace. Brian Drury, an export analyst for Kimberly Clark, described the advantages of knowing another language. Also pictured is Chay Bruce of Oshkosh Corp.
Executives from Oshkosh Corp. and Kimberly Clark met with Oshkosh Area School District middle school and high school students Thursday to speak with them about the importance of a bilingual education in the 21st century world marketplace. Brian Drury, an export analyst for Kimberly Clark, described the advantages of knowing another language. Also pictured is Chay Bruce of Oshkosh Corp.
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Executives from Oshksoh Corp. and an export analyst with Kimberly Clark urged local students this week to learn a second language so they can compete for jobs as more employers want bilingual employees.

More companies are looking overseas for new markets to expand their business, and that makes bilingual workers extremely valuable, the executives told hundreds of middle and high school students packed into the Alberta Kimball Auditorium Thursday afternoon.

"Now is the time to learn languages. Don't wait until later, when it's too late. It's not easy, but be persistent. It will pay off ...

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