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For Immediate Release
Monday, January 3, 2000
Contact:Jonathan Palumbo, 781-338-3105

Students Experience Career Offices

Charlestown - On January 12, three Massachusetts organizations will take steps to introduce high school students to the variety of job options that exist for skilled workers. The Youth Tech Entrepreneurs Program (YTE), the Metropolitan School to Career Partnership, and the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council will be hosting Telecom Futures a career day for technology and telecommunications. The event, which the public is invited to attend, will focus high school students on the wide variety of employment opportunities in today's expanding marketplace.

Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll said, "I am delighted with the collaboration of these three forward-looking Massachusetts organizations who have put together this event. Telecom Futures will provide high school students a glimpse into the exciting world of work they will be able to enter, provided they work hard now to develop their skills."

Telecom Futures will begin with an overview of trends in the telecommunications industry, followed by an overview of technical jobs. The event will continue with panel discussions about the skills that are needed for today's jobs, and then a discussion on higher education and training options for students. Later in the day local companies will present new products and introduce their companies to students. To conclude the day, YTE students from Malden and Medford high schools will lead attendees through fun, hands-on exhibits about a variety of computer topics.

Deborah Boivert, Director of the Metropolitan School to Career Partnership, said, "The format of Telecom Futures provides a perfect way to introduce students to the variety of employment options that exist today and the skill sets they need to be hired for those jobs."

YTE is an academic program, developed in 1997, prepares high school students for leadership and educational achievement by helping them to develop and demonstrate academic, entrepreneurial and technical skills in ways that benefit their schools and communities. At the Computer Fair YTE students will explain complicated computer themes through the use of hands-on computer exhibits that they have created. YTE students will be available to explain everything from the danger of electrostatic energy to how a computer thinks.

The Massachusetts Telecommunications Council (MTC) is the Commonwealth's only non-profit trade organization for the telecommunications industry, representing more than 315 corporate and affiliate members and a $44 billion industry in Massachusetts. The Council's mission is to attract, expand and retain companies in Massachusetts.

Metropolitan School to Career Partnership (MSTCP) works to promote the goals of Education Reform and provides a comprehensive, coordinated system of educational opportunities linking schools and the workplace. MSTCP serves the communities of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville, Watertown, and Winthrop. MSTCP's goals include providing an array of school and work based learning opportunities for students and professional development opportunities for educators.

The day-long series of activities will begin with Telecom Futures from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the YTE Computer Fair will follow from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Both events will take place at Bunker Hill Community College (250 Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown).

For more information on YTE please call the Department of Education at 781-338-3000, or visit the YTE website at www.yte.org.



Last Updated: January 3, 2000
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