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MAJOR DONATION TO DETROIT COMPACT COLLEGE FUND ANNOUNCED

 MAJOR DONATION TO DETROIT COMPACT COLLEGE FUND ANNOUNCED
 DEARBORN, Mich., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual meeting of


the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Kirkland Dudley, president and CEO of DMC Network, Inc., announced a gift of $7,000 to the Detroit Compact College Fund and challenged other African-American companies to make similar gifts.
 "The success of our city depends on the role our business and civic leaders assume," commented Dudley. "I am committed to whatever it takes to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities."
 The Compact College Fund is being established by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce as a permanent endowment to provide college assistance to students who meet the Compact's "college-readiness" standards. The fund's goal is to raise $10 million over the next 10 years.
 "DMC Network, Inc.'s contribution is a major boost to the fund and should serve as a catalyst for other contributions from African-American and other businesses," noted James Vollman, executive director of the Detroit Compact. "The contribution is a true investment in the future of Detroit and its young people."
 DMC Network, Inc. is a minority-owned "full-service" installation contractor specializing in local and wide area networks and fiber optic design, placement and certification. DMC Network is headquartered in Detroit and serves clients in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, and northern Florida. Its clients include AT&T, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation and Michigan Bell.
 "The Detroit Compact's program to provide scholarships for Detroit students is something that all African-Americans should support," concluded Dudley. "Our achievements become real accomplishments only when other individuals and companies in this community benefit from our success."
 "Kirkland Dudley and DMC Network have offered the challenge; it is now time for African-American businesses and individuals to make that positive investment in our children," added Geneva Williams, chair of the Compact's Stakeholders Council.
 The Detroit Compact is a comprehensive school reform partnership bringing together business, government, the community, educators, parents and students to improve the Detroit Public Schools. The Compact started in the schools in the fall of 1989. To date, 21 schools and 15,000 students have joined the Compact. Another six schools and 6,000- 7,000 students are expected to join in the fall.
 Compact schools and Compact students have seen increases in math and reading scores and attendance. Students who meet the Compact standards are promised jobs and/or college assistance.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Gattorn of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 313-964-4000; or James Vollman of the Detroit Compact, 313-396-9160/ CO: Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce; DMC Network, Inc.;
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