JNCL-NCLIS Talks Business on the Hill Advocacy Day Announcement JNCL-NCLIS Presents 2015 Founder’s Award Language Industry & Technology Panel Language Advocacy Day 2015 JNCL becomes GSA Commitment Partner Constituents Say It Best Lobbying for the Language Industry 2014 Delegate Assembly Language Links Reception 2014 Legislative Day & Delegate Assembly 2014 Legislative Day & Delegate Assembly 2014 Legislative Day & Delegate Assembly Arrival Ceremony for President François Hollande, Feb. 11, 2014 Advocating for the Language Enterprise in the U.S.
JNCL-NCLIS Executive Director Bill Rivers and Kathleen Diamond of the Association of Language Companies visit Capitol Hill to discuss employee classification issues with majority House Small Business Committee staff.
JNCL-NCLIS President Marty Abbott presents Congressman David Price of North Carolina with the inaugural James E. Alatis Founder's Award.
Panelists discuss the intersection of technology and the language industry at 2015 Language Advocacy Day.
JNCL Delegates Meet with Officials from the USED Office of English Language Acquisition.
JNCL-NCLIS joins as a partner for Generation Study Abroad with IIE | Opening Minds to the World
WAFLT President, Dr. Keely Lake, and JNCL-NCLIS staff visit Wisconsin Senate offices in November 2014
Certified Languages International President & CEO visit Small Business Committee Members
JNCL-NCLIS President Dr. Ray Clifford presents Congressman Rush Holt with the Inaugural Rush Holt Award For Language Service to the Nation
JNCL-NCLIS delegates from Massachusetts with Congressman Richard Neal.
Language Industry Panel
JNCL-NCLIS delegates from New York with Congressman Chris Gibson.
JNCL-NCLIS attends the Arrival Ceremony for French President François Hollande at the White House with colleagues from GALA and French students from DCPS
JNCL-NCLIS staff members (Ashley Rackham and Rachel Hanson) and Mary Thrond of MCTLC ( Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures) stand outside Senator Amy Klobuchar's office

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The mission of JNCL-NCLIS is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language, to advance the language profession in the US, and to raise awareness about the importance of language and international education to the national interest.

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