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Community College Program

September 23, 2022

Pitt Community College (2105 Warren Drive, Winterville, NC, 28590)


No fee, but registration required.

A Future-Ready Workforce: Preparing Students for Work in a Global Economy 

Internationalization of course content can help community colleges meet goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion while simultaneously training highly-skilled employees ready to work in a global environment. This program, appropriate for community college technical faculty as well as administrators, will provide insights on communicating effectively in a global workplace, as well as an overview of how to align the learning goals of technical programs and international workforce needs and how to start integrating global content into what is already being taught in courses. Internationalization begins with understanding your students’ diverse experiences and this interactive workshop will also introduce tools to integrate student experience and learning into classes. Bring a syllabus.

This program is fully funded by Digital Promise, and there is no registration fee for educators.


September 23, 2022
9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 
9:30 a.m.

Opening and Welcome

Dr. Lawrence Rouse, President, Pitt Community College

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill

9:35 a.m.

Communicating Effectively in the Global Workplace

Dr. Sharon Cannon, Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication

10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.

A Future-Ready Workforce: Preparing Students for Work in a Global Economy, Part I

Heather Singmaster, Director of CTE and GCEN, Digital Promise

12:30 p.m. Working Lunch
1:00 p.m.

A Future-Ready Workforce: Preparing Students for Work in a Global Economy, Part II

Heather Singmaster, Director of CTE and GCEN, Digital Promise

1:35 p.m.

Closing and Next Steps

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill


Sharon Cannon, Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Sharon Cannon teaches written and oral communication courses to undergraduate business, full-time MBA and PhD students. She received the 2020 Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching. Dr. Cannon includes intercultural communication simulations and activities in many of her courses to build awareness of how cultural differences affect communication in a business setting. She is certified to use and debrief individuals and teams with the GlobeSmart Profile (Aperian Global), Cultural Orientations Indicator (TMC) and Intercultural Edge. Having a passion for intercultural communication, she teaches an undergraduate elective on the topic and has led an undergraduate Global Immersion Elective to Japan. In 2020, the American Council on Education selected her as one of 15 U.S. faculty to collaborate on a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative with a professor in Japan, which will provide a virtual exchange experience for UNC Kenan-Flagler undergraduate business students. Dr. Cannon has facilitated presentation training for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health program, the Royster Fellows, National Science Foundation Fellows, UNC medical interns and others. She has provided public speaking training for a number of organizations and coached students in the Evening MBA and Weekend Executive MBA programs. She has taught the elective “Presentation Skills” course for graduate students across the University in the UNC Graduate School’s Professional Development Program. Annually, she is one of the judges for the graduate school’s three-minute thesis presentation competition and frequently judges case competitions. Dr. Cannon joined UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2004 as the director of the Business Communication Center after a career in higher education administration, which included serving as a dean of students and creating and facilitating a leadership development program. From 2008-12, she taught management communication at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis where she founded the Management Communication Lab. Dr. Cannon’s speaking engagements outside of the University frequently focus on gender communication. She presented to the Americas Women’s Network and the Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2019. She received her PhD from North Carolina State University, MEd from the University of Florida and an AB from in English and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View
Charlé LaMonica is the director of UNC World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a University public service program created in 1998 which equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world. Committed to developing an inclusive program that serves the state, Charlé collaborates with more than 92 partners both on and off campus; forges strategic alliances and collaborations with schools, districts and community colleges; leads the World View Global Education Leaders Program; and represents UNC World View in North Carolina and on the national and global stage.

Service to the state has been front and center in LaMonica’s work. Since 2013, LaMonica has significantly expanded UNC World View’s support of educators, influencing 100,000 students in North Carolina in 2019-2020 alone; and increasing partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits through UNC World View, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. These educational destinations have included Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Moldova and Ireland. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina. Additionally, LaMonica has strengthened support for UNC World View’s activities and mission. The UNC World View Council of Advisors established the Richardson Lecture, honoring former Provost Dick Richardson, to create opportunities for donors to give to a UNC World View registration scholarship fund. The Richardson Lecture inaugural presentation by Nobel Prize Recipient Dr. Aziz Sancar, began the significant growth in private donors since 2016. This has enabled UNC World View to offer scholarships in its programs to educators working in counties not previously served by UNC World View programs. The Robert and Jean Phay UNC World View Endowment, honoring director emeritus Robert Phay, was also created to assist in providing a sustainable UNC World View future. LaMonica’s international career began as an educational outreach and research associate with the NC China Council of the Asia Society at UNC which resulted in developing a publication North Carolina’s China’s Connection 1840-1949 and a photographic exhibit which toured 12 sites in North Carolina and curated more than 125 oral history interviews. This led to her interest in providing professional development in international education outreach as she led medical and legal delegations to China, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kenya with Professional Seminar Consultants, Inc. of Oceanside New York. Her international work continued in Charlotte where she worked as program director at International House and later taught world history at Central Piedmont Community College, US history at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and middle and high school English, history and social studies at Charlotte Country Day School. Recognized with the 2011 Faculty Exceptional Performance Award, Charlé later served CCDS on the administrative team as Director of International Studies where she coordinated global study programs in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Italy and Mexico, alongside developing intercultural competency programs with American and international students. As an active international partner, Charlé served and advised on Charlotte Mayor’s International Cabinet before relocating to Chapel Hill in 2013, the very place where her career began. Charlé keeps the global mindset of the teacher front and center with her vast experience working with students and values strategic planning to deliberately design programs to meet the needs of all students in our interdependent world. A Harvard Woman in Leadership participant, American Council on Education Woman’s Leadership Forum participant, a Fellow of the NC Public School Forum Educational Policy Fellows Program, and member of the training cohorts of UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Learning Community on Strategy and Leadership and UNC Faculty Administrator Development Program, Charlé serves on the NC Coalition of Global Competitiveness, the US Global Leadership Council’s North Carolina Advisory Committee and presents in statewide, national and international educational conferences. Charlé is proud to have participated as a student in Middlebury College Intensive Chinese Summer School and holds a master’s degree in history from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College. Charlé considers it an honor to work alongside all educators for the benefit of all students- the next generation of global leaders.


Lawrence Rouse, President, Pitt Community College
Lawrence Rouse is the president of Pitt Community College. He has more than 36 years of experience in administration and was named North Carolina Community College System’s President of the Year in 2016, which was during his tenure at James Sprunt Community College. Dr. Rouse has also received the Educator of the Year Award from the Duplin Rotary Club, the I Have a Dream Award from the MLK Commemoration Committee and the Torch of Wisdom Award from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. He is a graduate of Voorhees College and holds a master’s in education from the University of South Carolina and an educational doctorate from NC State University
Heather Singmaster, Director, Center for Global Education, Digital Promise
Heather Singmaster is a Director in the Center for Global Education at Digital Promise, where she oversees the Global Cities Education Network and work integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. She also leads the project, “Mapping the Nation: The Case for Global Competence” and hosted Education Week‘s Global Learning blog for seven years. Currently, she is working on “Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE”—a set of online professional development modules and resources to support the CTE field, in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE. She previously worked at the Asia Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Heather holds a Master’s degree focused in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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