Global Competency Certificate

Seattle Central College would like to invite students, faculty and staff to participate in the Global Competency Certificate Program (GCCP) in 2018!

This program’s goal is to promote global awareness and understanding. With today’s society and job market being the most hyper-connected and multicultural world we’ve ever seen – having a basic awareness of global differences is critical to success!

The Global Competency Certificate Program (GCCP) includes two 10-week programs – Level One and Level Two – which take place during Winter and Spring quarters (respectively) in 2018. It is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to explore international issues and improve one’s ability to appreciate, learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In Level One, you will be assigned to a small group of others who have similar goals with the certificate as you. During the Winter Quarter, you will complete 4 activities (individually or as a group), write short individual reflections, meet with your group at least 4 times, and write down reflections from your group meetings.

If you decide to continue to Level Two in the Spring quarter, you will take the International Development Inventory (IDI), an internationally recognized instrument that measures your global understanding. This will "benchmark" your current level of global understanding and allow you to see growth after completing Level Two (when you can retake the test). This test costs $12 and information will be shared on how to register for the test as part of our group.

Level Two will begin within the first 2 weeks of Spring Quarter. You will meet one on one with an IDI administrator and create an individual development plan based on your IDI results, Level One journal content and your self-assessment of Level One growth. Also in Level Two, you will be assigned 3 in-depth readings designed to help further develop your global understanding. Like in Level One, you will submit your reflections on these readings. You can also retake the IDI to see your progress along the IDI scale, which would additionally make you eligible for a $500 travel credit.

To begin your certificate, complete the application (press Apply Now below) and send it to or turn it in to BE1102F. You will then get an email before Winter Quarter begins with details on how to begin your journey through the program.

Read more about the Global Competency Program (pdf).

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What is Global Competence?

Global competence refers to the acquisition of in–depth knowledge and understanding of international issues, an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in a foreign language, and skills to function productively in an interdependent world community. This definition contains four basic elements:

  1. International awareness. This constitutes the knowledge and understanding of world history, socioeconomic and political systems, health and environmental issues, and other global events. This awareness includes the understanding that local and national events can have international implications. An individual who is aware of the broader world environment also recognizes that an individual's actions can affect others beyond one's own borders.
  2. Appreciation of cultural diversity. This entails the ability to know, understand, and appreciate people from other cultures along with the capacity to acknowledge other points of view about pressing world issues. Awareness and appreciation of cross–cultural differences, and the willingness to accept those differences, opens doors for opportunities to engage in productive and respectful cross–cultural relations.
  3. Proficiency in foreign languages. The ability to understand, read, write, and speak in more than one language enhances cross–cultural communication skills. The knowledge of additional languages opens doors to the understanding of other cultures and people who speak those languages.
  4. Competitive skills. The ability to compete globally entails the acquisition of extensive knowledge of international issues. To be able to compete, students need high–level thinking skills that enhance creativity and innovation. Students who gain a thorough understanding of the economic, social, and technological changes taking place across the globe enhance their ability to compete in the worldwide marketplace.

Excerpt from National Education Association, Washington D.C.

Develop Your Global Competence at Seattle Central

  • Cross–Cultural Interactions: Build relationships with literally thousands of refugee and immigrant students or staff and/or international students on campus. We have one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. Participate in conversation partners or tutoring to non–native English speaking students. Focus on cross–cultural communication with others in ways that provide insights into how people from other cultures experience Seattle, the College, the world and more specifically, how their experiences are similar and/or different from your own.
  • Committees/Clubs: Join one of the many cross culturally–oriented clubs on campus or get involved with Multi–Cultural Services initiatives.
  • Classes: Enroll in classes at Seattle Central, at other colleges or in the community that focus on cross–cultural communication and relations. Check out continuing education offerings, too. Foreign language classes also usually include cultural components.
  • Volunteer or intern at culturally–based organizations in Seattle through Seattle Central's service learning and internship offices.
  • Books: You can purchase or borrow from the library. Read books that are based in cross–cultural settings and describe and explain patterns of cultural difference and similarity. The settings can be domestic or international and the books could be non–fiction or fiction, but they will often provide insights into the history and cultural norms of diverse groups.
  • Theatre, Film & Arts: Attend cross–cultural movies, plays and other artistic exhibits and performances at Seattle Central's Broadway Performance Hall or other campus locations. You will increase your own cultural self–awareness as well as learn about other cultural perspectives. Note: The Seattle International Film Festival is right next door to the College!
  • Cultural Visits to specific sites in the community around Seattle Central, across the country or internationally (if you'll be travelling abroad) can increase your knowledge about diverse cultural experiences. Beyond visiting and learning about Poulsbo and the International District, here is a link to Seattle Cultural Heritage guides which also includes museums in Seattle.

Through Seattle Central's Programs Abroad:

  1. Enroll in one of many programs such as quarter length study abroad, Teach in China, Global Impact and others. Apply for a scholarship!
  2. While overseas, become fully immersed in local culture, reflecting on similarities and differences between your native cultural norms and the country you are visiting. How about some cross–culturally focused travelling where you can systematically observe and engage cultural diversity such as how people interact, make decisions, share information, and treat "visitors"? Don't forget to journal!
  3. Build relationships with local people. Ask them questions and let them serve as a window to the new culture.