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EMPLOYMENT CONNECTIONS, INC. OF CHELSEA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH IBM

 EMPLOYMENT CONNECTIONS, INC. OF CHELSEA ANNOUNCES
 PARTNERSHIP WITH IBM
 CHELSEA, Mass., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ribbon cutting ceremony held today at its 980 Broadway facility in Chelsea, Employment Connections, Inc. (ECI) officially announced its designation as an IBM job training center.
 In opening the ceremony, Rep. Richard Voke (D-Chelsea) presented local IBM executive Jack Weiss with a Massachusetts House Resolution honoring the company for its dedication to job training and its support of the residents of Chelsea.
 ECI, a nonprofit job training and adult education center, prepares unemployed, economically disadvantaged adults for clerical positions through its Business Education Training Program. ECI also teaches English to newcomers to the United States, helps pregnant and parenting teens achieve educational and employment goals, operates a home health aide training program in conjunction with Whidden Memorial Hospital, offers a variety of adult education programs and provides job placement services to all its students.
 ECI was selected to participate in IBM's nationwide job training center network because of the quality of its programs and its strong track record in training and placing graduates.
 "We are delighted to be working in partnership with IBM," said Deborah Hughes, ECI's executive director. "With IBM's loan of computer equipment, software, typewriters, printers and support, we can provide our students -- and their future employers -- with an even stronger competitive skill base demanded by today's business environment."
 Incorporated in 1983, Employment Connections Inc. serves more than 700 students each year from Chelsea and nearby communities. The goal of the organization is to help students achieve economic self-sufficiency for
themselves and their families. Virtually all


ECI students are either public assistance recipients working to acquire skills so they can get off welfare; refugees or immigrants learning the language, culture and job skills necessary for life in the United States; or low income individuals studying to learn marketable skills.
 This latest relationship with IBM allows for a state-of-the-art business education training program. Students develop automated business skills by combining classroom sessions with actual hands-on computer application training. Graduates of the program are equipped to compete successfully in even the most difficult of job markets by using the most popular business software in demand today.
 As an IBM job training center, ECI will have the use of computer and office equipment valued at approximately $100,000 to help train students in preparation for jobs.
 "The training programs that ECI provides have been tremendously successful in helping to change people's lives," noted David E. Herlihy, manager of external programs for IBM in New England. "We know how important job training is both to individuals and to the community; in fact, we can measure how graduates of job training centers like Employment Connections have put back more than $400 million into the U.S. economy during the past two decades."
 IBM sponsors 100 job training centers across the country in urban areas with high unemployment in cooperation with nonprofit community based organizations. The company established its first job training center in 1968 in Los Angeles which is still in operation.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Keber of Employment Connections, Inc., 617-884-1755, Reed Goodman of IBM, 617-638-1773/ CO: Employment Connections, Inc., IBM ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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