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The Language Company Officially Opens Frostburg Branch, Recognizes Partnership With Frostburg State University, Frostburg Community
10/31/2013

The Language Company Officially Opens Frostburg Branch, Recognizes Partnership With Frostburg State University, Frostburg Community
FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, left, and Dr. Ali Robati, CEO of The Language Company, cut the ribbon in the official recognition of the opening of TLC Frostburg and its partnership with Frostburg State University and the Frostburg community. Behind them, from left, are Mina Morgan, TLC vice president for Client Services; Sen. George Edwards; Stephen Spahr, FSU vice president for Economic Development and Government Relations; Brian More, director of FSU’s Center for International Education; Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan; Elizabeth Stahlman, Frostburg director of Community Development; County Commissioner Bill Valentine; FSU Vice Provost John Bowman; and Robert Fedorow, TLC-Frostburg director.

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Language Company (TLC), an organization that provides English-as-a-second-language instruction and cultural opportunities to individuals seeking educational, professional and personal enrichment, held a ribbon-cutting of TLC-Frostburg on Monday, Oct. 28. TLC-Frostburg is a new branch of the nationwide company that works in partnership with Frostburg State University to bring more international students to the Western Maryland area.

“Over the last five years, The Language Company has been a true friend to Frostburg State University,” said FSU Vice Provost John Bowman. “TLC has helped the University establish a strong presence in China and through its extensive international contacts is now helping us to recruit students in other far-off places, including South Korea and the Middle East.”

TLC, which accepted its first students in Frostburg in March, has 14 sites across the United States, many in major cities. TLC-Frostburg has been gradually adding students and teachers to the point that the center now has 21 students and employs six teachers, according to Robert Fedorow, TLC-Frostburg’s director. The intention is for the program to continue to grow to as many as 100 students at a time.

“It would be wonderful to find that many international students from around the world embracing this community,” Fedorow said.

A number of TLC’s students were in attendance, and TLC CEO Dr. Ali Robati addressed himself to them, saying that 35 years ago he was a student just like them, coming to Norman, Okla., home of the University of Oklahoma, to learn English. “We are here to help you be leaders. I hope that one of these days you will be standing before an audience leading a group for your professional area.”

Students who come to TLC-Frostburg to attend the Intensive English Program have the opportunity to connect with FSU, including working with FSU students as conversation partners and having access to the University library, athletic facilities, athletic events and campus social activities. Qualified students may then choose to continue their educational path in FSU’s undergraduate or graduate programs.

“The opening of TLC-Frostburg is a logical next step in how our University can expand its world of experiences and truly internationalize our campus for our students, faculty and staff,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “It opens the doors for our students to share ideas with TLC-Frostburg students while working with them as conversation partners and getting to know them while they’re visiting our facilities and attending our events. Ultimately, it builds a strong bridge between our two schools. … We would love to have TLC-Frostburg students join the Bobcat family following their completion of your programs.”

A number of local officials were in attendance, including Sen. George Edwards, County Commissioner Bill Valentine and Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan, in recognition of the long-term economic and cultural value of TLC, both in terms of employment and of the students it will bring to the community.

“The City of Frostburg also benefits from TLC-Frostburg, as it provides residents in our community with opportunities to get to know students and to help them feel at home here,” Gibralter said. “This positions Frostburg as not just a warm and welcoming community, but a warm and welcoming global community, with friends around the world.”

“The warmth, hospitality and sincerity on the part of the campus increase with every visit,” Robati said. Mina Morgan, vice president for Client Services, called FSU and the Frostburg community a “hidden gem” that she might have chosen for her own college experience had she known about it when growing up in Oklahoma.

Elizabeth Stahlman, Frostburg City director of Community Development, described her experience as an MBA student at FSU: “The ability to gain a global business perspective at a public university in a small town in Mountain Maryland is awesome. I expect that as more and more international students choose to come to Frostburg, the global perspective will extend beyond the classroom and into our community.”

TLC’s offerings include programs such as an Intensive English Program and special programs such as Academic Test Preparation and English for Professionals. For more information about TLC-Frostburg, visit www.thelanguagecompany.com/index.php?frostburg or call TLC-Frostburg at 301-687-1091.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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