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/REPEATING TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL TEXT/ REMARKS BY PERLMAN, CERIDIAN CORPORATION CHAIRMAN AND CEO; SCHOOL TO WORK OPPORTUNITIES ACT

 GEORGETOWN, Del., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawrence Perlman, chief executive officer of Ceridian Corporation and chairman of the Business Roundtable's Working Group on Workforce Training and Development, joined President Bill Clinton, Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Education Secretary Richard Riley today in Georgetown, Delaware, in launching a major workforce training initiative.
 President Clinton, Secretary Reich, Secretary Riley and Mr. Perlman toured an Opportunity Skyway aviation school at the Sussex County Airport to highlight the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1993. The recently-introduced Act is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 37 Representatives and 11 Senators and is a high priority of the Clinton Administration. It would establish a national framework for states to follow in creating comprehensive school-to-work systems.
 Opportunity Skyway is a non-profit program to prepare students for a broad range of aviation careers. It is currently operating in six states: Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, Pennsylvania, California and Nevada. Plans call for replicating the program nationwide.
 Mr. Perlman said, "The Business Roundtable commends the President's new legislative initiative, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1993. This bill represents an investment in young people and an investment in America's future. Improving the transition from school to work for millions of young people is critical to America's long-term ability to compete in the world."
 The Business Roundtable's Working Group on Workforce Training and Development is recommending initiatives to improve the school-to-work transition. The Working Group recently issued a paper calling for a national commitment to improve skills training and workforce development. The paper points out that one of the United States' greatest challenges is to restructure the transition from school to work in order to facilitate the entrance of young people into productive careers.
 The Business Roundtable is an association of more than 200 major corporations represented by their chief executive officers who focus and act on public issues.
 Ceridian Corporation is an information management and employer services company. Its businesses are Ceridian Employer Services, the Arbitron Company and Computing Devices International.
 Mr. President, Secretary Reich, Secretary Riley, parents,
 students, invited guests. I am delighted to represent the U.S.
 business community today, and in particular The Business Roundtable,
 in recognizing the accomplishments of the "Opportunity Skyway
 School-to-Work Program" in building bridges between school
 and work for young people.
 "Opportunity Skyway" gives us a shining example of "total
 quality" in preparing young people for the world of work. The
 program is clearly teaching the skills demanded by employers of
 today and tomorrow. This is exactly what America must do on a broad
 scale to meet technological change and the challenges of global
 competition.
 For this reason, Mr. President, The Business Roundtable,
 comprising more than 200 major corporations, commends your new
 legislative initiative, the "School-to-Work Opportunities Act of
 1993." It responds to our call for new policy initiatives to
 improve workforce training and development for U.S. competitiveness.
 This bipartisan measure would encourage partnerships of
 employers, educators, and others to build a high quality school-to-
 work system that prepares young people for careers in high-skill,
 high-wage jobs. This bill represents an investment in young people;
 it is an investment in America's future.
 We need to empower young people and adult workers through
 innovative approaches to workforce training and development to
 compete with anyone in the world. We are really talking about
 investing in people -- and they are America's greatest asset.
 Mr. President, employers can play a major role in successful
 school-to-work transition programs. They can help define skill
 requirements, work with schools to design quality classroom
 experiences and create work-based learning opportunities.
 We know that the best programs will involve partnerships -- like
 we see here today -- among business, labor, education, parents,
 community-based organizations and others aimed at total quality.
 Improving the transition from school-to-work for millions of
 young people is critical to America's long-term ability to compete
 in the world. We look forward to working with you and with
 Secretaries Reich and Riley to encourage the commitment of America's
 employers.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Jadwin of Ceridian, 612-853-7472/
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