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FORD VICE PRESIDENT "GOES TO SCHOOL" ON NEW MANUFACTURING ACADEMY

    FORD VICE PRESIDENT "GOES TO SCHOOL" ON NEW MANUFACTURING ACADEMY
    BEREA, Ohio, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) executive spent the morning in school here today to learn first hand about the progress of Ford's Academy of Manufacturing Sciences (FAMS) for high school students in the Berea School District.
    Peter J. Pestillo, Ford vice president - Corporate Relations and Diversified Businesses, visited FAMS students in Berea High School here and in Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights.  Joining Pestillo were teachers, School District administrators and School Board members.
    Ford is the first company to develop a manufacturing sciences academy program "to help keep American industry competitive in the global economy."  The two-year FAMS curriculum for high school juniors and seniors covers manufacturing systems, statistical processes and methods, electronic and computer technology and manufacturing case studies.
    "At Ford, we know the critical role that education has played in making Ford's workforce competitive," said Pestillo.  "And we recognize the need to insure that our future employees come into that workforce prepared to meet the challenges facing them there.
    "To succeed in today's world of manufacturing requires a broad education in addition to focused training, and we understand our responsibility as employers to work with educators to see that students have enriched learning experiences in math, science, communications and technology."
    Pestillo thanked students, parents, teachers and administrators for "your willingness to be part of this ambitious enterprise.  With the support of all of you, we know FAMS can make a real difference in the educational experience for Berea and Midpark students."
    Ford's goals for FAMS are threefold:
    -- To make students more aware of careers in manufacturing, especially in engineering and skilled trades.
    -- To offer students the opportunity to learn and apply their skills in real-life situations, specifically in manufacturing.
    -- To encourage high school students to go to college or pursue other formal courses of study and personal development.
    On Wednesday, Ford's Cleveland Engine Plants in Brook Park hosted a reception in honor of the new program, attended by educators, parents and students.  The Engine Plants and Ford's Cleveland Casting Plant are located in the Berea School District.
    Joining Pestillo on the program were Gifford Brown, manager of the Engine Plants; Al Bush, Cleveland Casting Plant manager; Jerry Melillo, president of UAW Local 1250; Robert Stabile, Berea School District superintendent; and Renee Lerche, manager of Ford's Education and Planning Department.
    -0-                         11/21/91
    /CONTACT:  Bill Carroll of Ford, 313-322-1300/
    (F) CO:  Ford Motor Company ST:  Ohio IN:  AUT SU: SB -- DE008 -- 5766 11/21/91 09:50 EST
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