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 IBM CONTRIBUTES TO PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL
 ROCHESTER, Minn., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southeastern Minnesota


Private Industry Council today announced that IBM is contributing computer hardware, technical support and office furnishings to operate a nontraditional Job Training Center in Rochester.
 The Job Training Center will offer classroom training and computer assisted learning in basic skills, office skills and word processing. In addition, students will receive one-on-one career counseling to develop an individualized training program.
 "The Job Training Center will provide a unique educational experience and train approximately 100-120 individuals annually who are unable to afford or qualify for any other post-secondary training program," said Richard Harris, executive director of the Private Industry Council.
 Bob Unterberger, IBM Rochester site general manager, said, "We're pleased to be part of a partnership that fosters an environment for people's economic independence. And, by helping build a more skilled and competitive workforce, the Job Training Center will benefit businesses throughout the Rochester area."
 The center is receiving 25-30 IBM personal computer systems and software with continuing technical support.
 Other organizations and agencies involved with the concept and development of the Job Training Center include: Mayo Clinic; Southeastern Minnesota Initiative Fund; Child Care Resource and Referral; Community Corrections; Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association; Job Service; Olmsted Community Action Program; Olmsted County Social Services; Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.; Riverland Technical College; Rochester Adult Basic Education; Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Rochester Community College; Rochester Housing and Redevelopment Authorities; Rochester Public Library and the Southeastern Minnesota Displaced Homemakers.
 The Job Training Center will be located at Civic Drive Plaza, 300 11th Avenue, NW, Rochester. Site preparation is expected to be completed by July 1, with classes beginning sometime in late summer.
 The Southeastern Minnesota Private Industry Council is a private non-profit organization which administers and operates state and federal job training programs in southeastern Minnesota.
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 /CONTACT: Gene Mahn or Molly Jasperson of Job Training Center, 507-281-1193, or Bill Lenmark of IBM, 507-253-6533/ CO: Southeastern Minnesota Private Industry Council ST: Minnesota IN: SU: JVN


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