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 LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prince George's Private Industry Council, Inc., issued the following:
 For many Americans, Labor Day is a time for picnics and family outings. It is also a time to celebrate the contributions of America's work force. But with the formal announcement of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, Labor Day will take on an additional meaning. On Sept. 3, President Clinton along with Secretary Reich of the Department of Labor and Secretary Riley of the Department of Education will host a ceremony to highlight the major components of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1993. The event will take place at the Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del.
 The School-to-Work Opportunities Act attempts to establish a national framework for the development of a school-to-work transition system in every state. The goal is to provide American youth with the knowledge and skills to make an effective transition from school to a first job in a high-skill, high-wage career by combining school-based and work-based learning.
 As a part of the ceremony, the Prince George's Private Industry Council's Opportunity Skyway will be used as a model of both the long term benefits and rewards of work-based and school-based learning.
 Opportunity Skyway is an industry-specific aviation education program operated to encourage in-school youth to prepare for careers in aviation. The program has grown from a summer career exploration program to a program that is both exposing and preparing young people in six states for high skill, high wage careers.
 The strong commitment from the business (especially aviation), education and workforce development communities is by far the overriding factor in the success of this state-of-the-art aviation education program. The partners serve as mentors, assist in the development of curricula and contribute their personal time and talent toward the development of our future -- America's youth.
 The Federal Aviation Administration, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Tuskegee Airmen Inc., the National Association of State Aviation Officials, the National Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Negro Airmen International and the National Association of Private Industry Councils play an active role as national partners of Opportunity Skyway.
 In the words of Joseph Puhalla, president of the Prince George's Private Industry Council: "There is no greater challenge to our competitiveness as a nation than that of adequately preparing our youth today for tomorrow's jobs. The quick passage of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act will help to transform that challenge into a reality."
 The Prince George's Private Industry Council, Inc., is a private business service organization with a major investment in the economic growth and development of both our local businesses and residents. The Prince George's Private Industry Council is an independent member of a national network of private industry councils established under the Job Training Partnership Act. The success of the PIC program is directly related to the involvement and leadership of local businesspersons who comprise our board of directors. Their business expertise results in the creation of job training programs most beneficial to local business and the jobless. We invite you to join with us in working to reduce local levels of unemployment by investing in our product -- skilled, productive workers for your business.
 Screening, Assessment and Referral
 The Prince George's Private Industry Council will save employers substantial dollars in advertising, recruiting and interviewing costs. With each client, PIC customizes the screening and assessment process to maximize the benefit to the business. An initial in-depth interview with the employer carefully defines the person and skill level that the employer is loog? for. Based on these qualifications, the PIC refers skilled, productive persons to the employer.
 Financial Incentives
 The PIC's On-the-Job Training program actually reimburses the employer 50 percent of a new employee's salary during training. This benefit combines the referral of quality employees with a direct cash incentive for hiring.
 The PIC can also work with your business to create customized training programs where such programs will result in higher productivity through skilled workers.
 Technical Assistance
 The Private Industry Council is committed to work with you in identifying your technical assistance needs and will work with you from the development of your business plan to the implementation of expansion plans. We will also work with you in designing and implementing effective management systems.
 The PIC currently offers quality training in the areas of management and supervision, sales, customer relations and stress management. We welcome the opportunity to explore with you how this training can be adapted to meet the needs of your current work force.
 To be truly successful, business, employment training and education must work together. The Private Industry Council is committed to work to build this partnership. The local business community can realize significant profit by investing in the services we provide. We encourage you to call us today and take the time to learn more about what we can do together. We guarantee that it will be time well spent and a wise investment in the future of your business and in the future of Prince George's County.
 For more information on the above programs, call: Prince George's Private Industry Council, Inc., 1802 Brightseat Rd., Landover, Md. 20785-4235; 301-386-5522.
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 /CONTACT: Juliette Pierce of the Prince George's Private Industry Council, 301-386-5522/

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