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BELLSOUTH NAMED TOP COMPANY FOR EDUCATION IN 1992

 BELLSOUTH NAMED TOP COMPANY FOR EDUCATION IN 1992
 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Alliance of


Business (NAB) has selected BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS) as the Company of the Year for outstanding and innovative leadership in workforce development and education reform.
 South Central Bell is a subsidiary of BellSouth Telecommunications.
 "BellSouth has established partnerships with over 200 schools in nine southeastern states and provided management training for school administrators," said NAB President William Kolberg in making the presentation earlier this week. NAB has brought public recognition to exemplary people, companies, states and programs through the Distinguished Performance Awards program since 1982. The alliance and its 3,500 member-companies are committed at the local, state and national level to systemic public education reform and to rebuilding the American workforce.
 South Central Bell's activities in support of education in Alabama share in the award.
 The company's activities include a grants program for Alabama teachers to explore innovative classroom activities. In addition, it works with 36 "adopted schools" throughout the state on programs that address key issues, such as academic excellence and dropout prevention.
 A South Central Bell Honors program provides full-tuition scholarships to five students at Birmingham-Southern College and three at Auburn University. These scholarships are offered to encourage top students to remain in the South for their college education.
 In addition, through BellSouth Corporation, South Central Bell annually sponsors National Merit and National Achievement scholarships for children of its employees who qualify as finalists in either of those national scholarship programs. Each scholarship provides $2,000 annually for four years of tuition at a regionally accredited United States college or university.
 A Principals' Leadership Program, begun in 1989, allows secondary school principals to attend, tuition-free, the same management classes that South Central Bell managers take. Several different classes have been offered, including Strategic Organizational Leadership, Leadership and Values in Action and Developing Peak Performance. Hundreds of principals from schools across the state have attended these classes.
 Principals aren't the only ones who can attend classes, however. SummerTech, sponsored by BellSouth and Auburn University, is a week-long program for minority high school students that's designed to alleviate a shortage of minority managers in the telecommunications industry. Students from across the Southeast participate in an introduction to various technological fields, and are shown the educational paths they can take to pursue a career in technology.
 The BellSouth Foundation recently invited Alabama educators to a TechKNOWLEDGEy seminar to explore ways to tie education to Information Age communication applications.
 Other education programs South Central Bell has made available to Alabama schools are a drug-prevention program which emphasizes peer support as a strategy in preventing drug use, and PMTV (Phone Manners TV), a video program designed to help educators teach students proper telephone etiquette and telephone common sense.
 South Central Bell is one of several sponsors for Alabama's outstanding science and math teachers nominated for the Presidential Award by the National Science Foundation. Earlier this month, the Alabama Science Teachers Association presented the company an award for its generous support of science education in Alabama and to its association.
 The company also provides support for the Alabama Literacy Commission; A+, a Coalition for Better Education; the PERKS (Provide Educational Resources, Knowledge and Support to education) coalition and other task forces and business/education partnerships within Alabama.
 "We're awfully proud that our company's activities in education have helped BellSouth become recognized by NAB," said Neal Travis, president of South Central Bell-Alabama. "We realize that we're part of the communities we do business in. It's important to contribute to the growth of these communities, and that's one of the reasons we help support both the state and local education systems. It's an investment in the future of Alabama."
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 /CONTACT: Deborah C. Hughes of South Central Bell, 205-972-3766/
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