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Press Release - Work Begins on Online Career Planning Tool for Telecom Workers


Work Begins on Online Career Planning Tool for Telecom Workers

Denver, CO – September 2008 – The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) will build a new, interactive, web-based career mapping tool to serve the incumbent telecommunications workforce as well as those who want to enter the industry.  Development of this new tool is supported by a $1 million contribution over a three-year period from AT&T to NACTEL’s fiscal manager, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).   

The president and CEO of CAEL, Pamela Tate, points out that, “NACTEL’s expertise and reach in the telecom industry combined with CAEL’s experience in career and education pathways will produce a valuable tool serving the industry well into the future.  We are pleased to support NACTEL in this project.”

This interactive online career map will be widely available to the public and will focus on jobs in the present and future telecommunications industry, the requisite skills, aptitudes, and experience required for those jobs, as well as the education and training to prepare workers for those positions.  In addition, the tool will provide a current snapshot of the telecommunications industry and a look into its future.

 “We all know how fast this industry is changing and what it takes to maintain the skills of a world-class workforce.  This new career map is an important strategy to support our work going forward,” said Pam Syverson, manager of Employee Training for Qwest Communications, and NACTEL Co-chair. 

The career mapping tool will provide an important foundation for NACTEL’s current online educational programs, which prepare the technical workforce in the telecom industry.   Currently, NACTEL provides Certificate programs, Associate’s degrees, and Bachelor’s degrees specific to a wide range of telecommunications technologies including fiber and broadband, wireless networking, and video technologies.  These programs are offered entirely online through NACTEL’s education partner, Pace University. 

“Our members are continually searching for education that will prepare them for new directions in telecommunications, and this career map will provide an important planning tool,” added Andy Milburn, Vice President of District 6 of the Communications Workers of America and NACTEL Co-chair.  “We appreciate AT&T recognizing the value NACTEL brings to the industry.”

  About NACTEL
The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) is a non-profit organization that is a unique partnership of major telecommunications companies and labor unions established to create online learning programs addressing critical employment needs in the telecommunications industry. NACTEL began in 1998 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Current NACTEL members include AT&T, The Communications Workers of America (CWA), EMBARQ Communications, Frontier Communications, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Qwest Communications, and Verizon Communications.  The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) serves as fiscal agent and program manager for NACTEL.  For more information about NACTEL and NACTEL-sponsored online learning programs visit www.nactel.org.

About CAEL
As an international non-profit organization for more than 30 years, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL, www.cael.org) creates and manages effective learning strategies for working adults through partnerships with employers, higher education, the public sector, and labor. 

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives.  Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs.  In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate, employee, and AT&T Foundation giving programs.  AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company.  Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world.  Among their offerings are the world’s most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation’s leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services.  In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment.  As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings.  IN 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s world’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company list.  Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

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