Author: Donneva Crowell
Whitebread Appointed to NASBITE Task Force
Alan Whitebread, Assistant Dean for Business Development at Rawls College of Business, was recently appointed as one of twelve Lead Subject Matter Experts for the NASBITE (North American Small Business International Trade Educators) International Practice Analysis Study Task Force.
The goal of this international task force is to create a nationally recognized credential for international trade practitioners, educators, and students. It will lead the definition of knowledge that will be credentialed by the International Trade Specialist Certification. Professional Examination Services (PES), a leading provider of professional exams, will develop and administer a common testing tool like a CPA exam for the various levels of Trade Specialist Certificates.
Training to pass the certification levels is the responsibility of educational institutions, non-profit entities, and corporations. The initial certification tests are scheduled for June 2004.
In cooperation with Dr. Dale Duhan, Director of International Business Programs and Professor of Marketing at the Rawls College, Alan has been leading the development of the international business Exporting and Market Entry course. This development work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education and CPD in the Rawls College. All International Business majors in the Rawls College will be required to take this course in the future, and all students who pass the course should also be able to pass the first International Trade Specialist Certificate exam and, thus, become more valuable to prospective employers.
This NASBITE project has broad partner support from the US. Departments of Education, Commerce, and Agriculture, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and from Caterpillar, Ford, John Deere, UPS, and other major corporations. It also has global support by IATTO, the International Association of Trade Training Organizations.