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OPERATION ABLE COMPUTER TRAINING CENTER FOR OLDER WORKERS GRADUATES FIRST CLASS

 OPERATION ABLE COMPUTER TRAINING CENTER FOR OLDER WORKERS
 GRADUATES FIRST CLASS
 BOSTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation ABLE of Greater Boston today announced a major milestone in computer training for middle age and older workers with the graduation of the first class of students from the Operation ABLE Computer Training Center. The new center, equipped and supported by IBM as one of its 100 job-training centers nationwide, is the first local computer-training facility designed exclusively for workers age 45 and older. The purpose of the training is to provide the students with computer literacy skills, thereby enabling them to access and secure new employment.
 Having completed the intensive 11-week curriculum, the graduates are continuing to work one-on-one with placement specialists to find new jobs. This comprehensive phase of the program, while focused primarily on placement through counseling, interviewing skills and job development, also provides time to sharpen newly obtained computer skills.
 How do the graduates feel?
 "Operation ABLE has provided an answer to my future -- thorough training in word processing..."
 "The program has enabled me to recapture my identity as a person as well as hone my business skills..."
 "I can't tell you how grateful I am for your support."
 Kathy Burnes, acting executive director of Operation ABLE, said, "The ongoing enthusiasm expressed by the students for the opportunity and their achievement in class has provided them valuable added incentive. New skills coupled with their positive attitude is a winning combination for placement and success on the job for our graduates." Burnes also emphasized, "Critical to the rapid progress of the students and the Training Center is the continuing participation of the Business Development Committee, a 25-member employer group, who is guiding the operation of the Center and currently conducting interviews with the graduates."
 Operation ABLE of Greater Boston is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote employment opportunities for individuals age 45 and older, who represent an economically, racially, and occupationally diverse population. ABLE facilitates the training and hiring of older workers through comprehensive employment and training services, in collaboration with public agencies and the business community.
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 /CONTACT: John L. Gormley, director of business partnerships, 617-439-5580/ CO: Operation ABLE; IBM ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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