Professional Development Training

Discover best practices and gain professional development by networking with international colleagues. Excursions and topical seminars are led by knowledgeable experts in their fields. Choose from a variety of professional fields currently offered. English training is optional.

A Variety of Professional Fields Offered

Teacher Training: Gain hands-on opportunities to observe local classroom teaching techniques and pedagogy through the teacher training program. University credit option available.

Educational Administration: Develop your educational administration leadership skills while networking with some of the top leaders in the field.

International Business Benchmarking: Explore dynamic and interactive topics relevant to the field of international business today through cross-cultural dialogue. Seminar topics may include International Marketing, International Management Styles, or Business English. Local business excursions may include Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, or Starbucks.

Cross-Cultural Connections in Finance & Banking: Compare cross-cultural business practices in the banking and the finance industry in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Pacific Northwest. Seminar topics may include Comparative Banking Practices, Business English, and interviews with local entrepreneurs connected to foreign and American markets. Local financial excursions may include Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Bank, Fortune Bank, or Harris Private Bank.

Hospitality & Tourism: Discover Seattle, the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, and its thriving market for hospitality, recreation and tourism. Learn best practices and transferable skills from management and marketing experts from hotels, restaurants, resorts, or iconic tourist destinations. Local excursions may include recreational resorts, the American Hotel, the Seattle Space Needle, or Pike Place Market.

Nutrition & Medical English: Learn critical medical vocabulary in English and explore special topics, such as nutrition or nursing. Local excursions may include medical facilities, cafeterias, cooking classes, or organic food markets.

Custom Packages: A.C.E. can customize any of our packages or design new programs to fit your needs.

What's included?

Programs include all classes, housing, local transportation, airport transfers, welcome orientation, farewell reception, and provisions for one chaperone per group. A.C.E. will provide pre-departure advice and invitation letters for obtaining visas. Groups can choose cultural or vocational excursion packages for an added fee.

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Program Highlights:

  • Our programs service university students, professionals, and youths
  • Customizable packages
  • Highly trained instructors and expert guest speakers
  • Instruction available at all levels
  • Local excursions to companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, plus cultural attractions
  • Housing and transportation arrangements
  • Receive certificate of participation
  • Over 40 years experience

Testimonial:

"We have sent our students to the A.C.E. Program at SPU for many years. The staff and teachers have been very positive and professional, and our students love the program. Many of them say that they want to stay even after the program is over. And when they return to Japan, they say they want to go back!"

Joseph Poulshock, PhD
Director of English Language Education, Tokyo Christian University