To further IU’s Language Training Center program, The U.S. Department of Defense awarded $1.26 million the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, according to a recent release.
The Language Training Center provides language and culture training to the Indiana National Guard and the U.S. Special Operations Commands. The center opened in 2019 and is in the Hamilton Lugar School’s Language Workshop. It’s led by grant principal investigator Kathleen Evans.
The center was built on a $970,000 grant from the Institute of International Education and National Security Education Office to train Department of Defense personnel.
The grant will be used to add new French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and German instructors and partner with First Special Forces Command, a special operations command that trains soldiers, to develop virtual reality language-learning software.