The Rancho Santiago College District has won a $178,000 federal grant to create a curriculum for international business students.
The district won the two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It will be used to create a program in which students can earn associate degrees or vocational certificates in international business, according to district spokesman Dale Ruhe.
The money also will be used to encourage enrollment of minority students, create an internship program and educate local businesses about the opportunities afforded by international trade, Ruhe said.
The district's international business education program is designed to provide students with special understanding of the global economy and an understanding of varied cultures, which is necessary to compete in international trade, Ruhe said.