Nonprofit offers language and business culture training for foreign-born employees

06/07/2014 12:00 AM

06/08/2014 7:22 AM

Four Wichita professionals are teaming up to provide organizations and businesses a way to improve their foreign-born employees’ communication skills and knowledge of American business culture.

The Multicultural Education and Communication Institute of Kansas, or MECIK, is a nonprofit that provides customized training.

The institute will have an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 132 of the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver. Those interested in attending should contact to make reservations by Tuesday.

Members of MECIK are: Abel Perez, former head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who teaches “soft skills” and cultural expectations; Rommy Vargas, who has a long history as a translator and teacher of English as a Second Language; Anne Maki, a speech pathologist who works to reduce accents and improve speech clarity; and Margaret Harris, a long-term trainer and leadership developer.

Maki said the group has already been hired by construction companies to provide selected workers with training in speech, language and culture that will help them move into management positions.

Although the group members have deep experience with Spanish speakers, they say they can work with anyone.

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