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Chinese workers get lesson in Western-style governance

October 22, 2005|By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HALFWAY

Thirty Chinese municipal employees traveled across continents to Hagerstown this week for a lesson in U.S. municipal governance.

The trip was sponsored by the U.S. China Business & Culture Exchange Inc. of Arlington, Va., and Hagerstown Business College's Workforce Development program.

The Chinese employees from Guangzhao, China, attended the training on Thursday and Friday at the Plaza Hotel.

Wendy Liu, president of the U.S. China Business & Culture Exchange, said Friday through interpreter Jingyi Zhou that the employees made the trip to learn more about the "outside world."

"China is opening its arms to the outside, and we want to learn more about the outside world," Liu said.

Topics included the U.S. legal system and laws, ethics and the measures used to discourage governmental corruption.

"We're quite interested in all the issues and feel that we learned a lot," Liu said.

Hagerstown Business College Workforce Development Director Larry Glenn said the training session was the first involving an international audience.

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Information was conveyed to the employees through an interpreter, and the employees asked a lot of questions, Glenn said.

Liu said that Hagerstown Business College is "very famous" for its law-related programs and "rigorous curriculum."

"That's why we sent our group here," Liu said.

The college's Workforce Development program is set up to "promote occupational competency, professional awareness and personal growth," according to the college's Web site.

Glenn said the college and U.S. China Business & Culture Exchange will sponsor another, more extensive training program for Chinese police officers.

Training will include preparing the Chinese officers for the 2008 Olympics, Glenn said.

Glenn said the Business & Culture Exchange found out about Hagerstown Business College by doing an Internet search, where it came across information about the school's criminal justice and computer forensics programs.

The computer forensics program includes training in criminology, data recovery, computer operating systems, network security, encryption, cyber crime investigation and preparing evidence for presentation in a court of law, according to the college's Web site.

The criminal justice program emphasizes corrections, probation and parole, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, crime and loss prevention, corporate security, law enforcement, criminal behavior and legal theory, the Web site states.

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