The more languages a person can speak, the more valuable that person might be.
That’s the idea behind a new initiative called the Hawaii Language Roadmap.
Business and community leaders celebrated the launch of the University of Hawaii initiative on Monday.
It’s aimed at creating a vibrant multi-lingual workforce to make Hawaii more competitive in the business world.
“If we create programs that enable them to beef up their home language to a level that is appropriate for formal business and other kinds of institutional interactions then they become the next generation of workforce that has skills beyond this generation,” Hawaii Language Roadmap Initiative director Dina Yoshimi said.
Hawaii is the sixth state to launch this program. Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Rhode Island have similar programs.