Learn how to Lead, Compete and Win in the World Economy

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NEWARK, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2017 – Save on early registration for the Global Business and Education Conference, which will bring business, education and industry leaders together in a forum that explores worldwide social impacts and economic structures.

Today, central Ohio business and industry partners are reaching satisfied customers all around the world—or hoping to do so. That's why it's more important than ever that the current and future workforce learn the necessary skills to help companies succeed in the global marketplace. The Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), along with partnering organizations Leadership Ohio and the Columbus Council on World Affairs, invite statewide business leaders, government officials, educators and university students to register for the Global Business and Education Conference, "Your Role in the World Economy: How to Lead, Compete and Win!," scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark, 1209 University Drive, Newark.

Register by Sept. 20 to receive an early registration discounted rate of $99; regular registration will be $129. The first 50 students to register will receive free admission. Registration is available online at www.cotc.edu/wdic and takes less than one minute with credit card payment accepted online as well.

Google's Erin Teague, virtual reality product lead for YouTube, will offer the keynote presentation: "Google—A Virtual Reality." Teague, an accomplished leader in the technology industry, has been recognized as 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley, by "Silicon Valley Business Journal," The Next Generation of Tech Stars, by "Refinery29," and 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity, Silicon Valley, by "theREGISTRY Bay Area," among other designations.

The opening plenary session will be presented by Patrick Terrien, president and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, with special guest, Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer of Columbus 2020.

A myriad of breakout sessions will also be offered for participants, ranging from entrepreneurs, large manufacturers and small-business leaders, to educators, administrators, community leaders and students. A sampling of breakout sessions include everything from "The World in Your Classroom" and "Making Globalism a Job Skill Strength," to "Skills Initiative for Building a Workforce" and "Blending Business/Industry and Technical Education."

For more information, contact: Vicki Maple, M.Ed., COTC vice president for workforce development, community affairs & extended campuses at VMaple@COTC.edu or 740.364.9565.

The WDIC develops customized training programs and tailored technical courses that provide innovative, strategic solutions to specific challenges within business and industry; helping their workforce to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to succeed. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications, to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.