The newly formed University of North Georgia has renewed contracts to receive nearly $2 million in government grants for ongoing language programs.
The university, formed by the recent consolidation of North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College, retains its designation as Georgia's military college and will continue programs that support proficiency in languages deemed critical by the department.
The university is to receive $258,015 to support its Language Training Center, which started in 2011 with 12 army officers studying Russian. This year, two dozen officers from Fort Benning are studying Chinese through the program.
The grant is also to provide $304,976 to fund scholarships for officers in Project GO, which enables them to study language and culture overseas, and $219,773 for the Chinese Language Flagship Program.
With the flagship grant, the university will offer Chinese on the Gainesville campus in the fall. It will also send two cadets to the prestigious Peking University.
Some $1.2 million was provided from the U.S. Army Cadet Command to support all three programs.
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