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AMERITECH UNVEILS DISTANCE LEARNING PROJECT FOR NORTHWEST OHIO WORKPLACES

 CLEVELAND, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritech (NYSE: AIT) today unveiled SkillLink to northwest Ohio, believed to be the first distance learning project in the nation to make quality education convenient and accessible to manufacturers by using fiber optics to link classrooms with workplaces.
 As part of the unveiling, Ameritech demonstrated SkillLink for business and government leaders in Findlay and Columbus by conducting a distance training session. A classroom at Owens Technical College was linked by fiber optic cables to two of the participating companies for the demonstration.
 SkillLink uses fiber optic technology and fully interactive television to link several locations in Toledo and Findlay into a learning network. This allows employees at several sites to take advantage of education and job retraining opportunities to which they might otherwise not have access.
 Ameritech is partnering with the Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) and Owens Technical College to make SkillLink available. SkillLink will connect Owens Technical College with several northwest Ohio businesses.
 Ameritech along with its local operating company, Ohio Bell, will contribute about $800,000 for the project. Owens Technical College and the participating companies will have the option of purchasing the equipment.
 The companies participating in SkillLink are Ball Metal Container Corporation, Centrex Corporation, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Harris Corporation/Semiconductor Sector, Libbey Glass and Whirlpool Corporation/Findlay Division. Both the Toledo and Findlay campuses of Owens Technical College will be part of SkillLink.
 "In March, Ohio Bell unveiled Advantage Ohio, an ambitious proposal to jump start the Information Age by modernizing Ohio's communications network, expanding economic development and job opportunities and improving the quality of life," said Frank Boscarillo, Ameritech's SkillLink coordinator. "SkillLink is an example of how the public communications network can offer educational and retraining resources to every business."
 Ohio Bell and Ameritech are installing more than four miles of optical fiber cable to the existing network and also will assist each company to set up its on-site classrooms.
 The OMA selected the companies so that a broad cross-section of the manufacturing community is represented.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Jameson of Ohio Bell Telephone Company, 216-822-4548/
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