Baruch to Launch New Certificate Programs in International Trade

Weissman and CAPS Team to Offer Five Programs in Global Trade Processes

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New York, NY - August 2, 2006--This fall, Baruch College’s Weissman Center for International Business and the College’s Division for Continuing and Professional Studies will launch a series of certificate programs in international trade and procedures.

The five programs are designed to provide students with a competitive advantage in the many industries involved in the import/export business in the New York region, as well as helping companies engaged in international trade upgrade the skills of their employees in the post 9/11 world.

“These programs build on Baruch’s considerable experience in offering degree programs in international business, as well as the decade-long track record of the Weissman Center for International Business in delivering educational programs to Baruch students and to the international business community in New York City, “ said Dr. Terrence F. Martell, director of the Weissman Center for International Business and the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Fiance in Bauch's Zicklin School of Business.

The Trade Operations and Procedures certificate program is divided into two separate tracks, import and export. Students will develop the necessary skills to master challenges unique to the procedures, terminology, documentation, and regulations associated with either importing or exporting goods to and from the US.

The Customs Broker License Preparation is a comprehensive program, from the basics to case studies based on real life situations, aimed at helping students pass the Customs Broker License Exam (CBLE) offered in April and October by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, and Border Protection. In the past, as little as 16 percent of applicants taking the exam passed, while reports have shown that  taking a prep course can increase the chance of passing by as much as 70 percent.

The goal of the International Supply Chain Security & Compliance program is to give students an understanding of the rules and regulations governing merchandise imports and exports in the post 9/11 world. Students will learn about the issues involved, the relevant government agencies, as well as best practices in supply chain security and compliance.

In the International Entrepreneurship program students will develop a business plan and have the opportunity to network with professionals from various fields as well as other entrepreneurs. The content of these courses will give the entrepreneur an overview of the import/export process and the basic skills to establish their own business.

“By integrating the Weissman Center's experience with Baruch’s Continuing and Professional Studies program, the goal is to deliver a competitive, industry-focused educational curriculum that will provide tools needed to achieve professional development goals in international trade,” Dr. Martell noted.