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ICAPP Program to be Featured by Vice President Gore

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Atlanta — January 8, 1999

The University System of Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) continues to attract national attention, with its selection by Vice President Al Gore as one of four programs to be highlighted in an upcoming workforce development summit, slated for Tuesday, January 12, in Washington.

Gore’s “21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs” workforce conference will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 1999, at George Washington University, 800 21st Street, N.W.

ICAPP is being recognized by Gore as an innovative business and education partnership that seeks to create jobs for Georgians. The conference will include national business, labor, education, government and local community leaders. Participants from the University System of Georgia include: Ms. Annie Hunt Burriss, assistant vice chancellor, Development and Economic Services, Board of Regents; Dr. Richard A. Hudson, ICAPP project director; and Jennifer Collins, an ICAPP student graduate of the Columbus State University-Total Systems program. The theme of the conference is utilizing existing resources to help prepare American workers to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. The goal of the conference is to identify model programs and forge and expand partnerships among businesses, higher education, labor unions and other organizations.

To feature the emerging technologies the conference organizers hope to emphasize as critical for future education and job training, the highlight of the program will be a nationally televised satellite summit featuring the Vice President. Burriss, Hudson and Collins will discuss the ICAPP success story with the vice president during the satellite broadcast, scheduled from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m., on the day of the event. A website also has been organized to support the satellite portion of the conference. The web address is: www.vpskillsummit.org This is not the first time the Vice President has singled out the University System of Georgia’s ICAPP program for national attention. Gore traveled to Columbus, Ga., in March 1998 to recognize ICAPP for its role in providing the educational resources of the University System of Georgia – specifically Columbus State University – to train highly-educated computer programmers for Total Systems Services. The University System of Georgia helped Total Systems, a financial services company, stay in Columbus and expand. Jennifer Collins is one of the first graduates of that collaborative ICAPP project.

Dr. Jacquelyn M. Belcher, president of Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, another University System of Georgia institution, also will attend the conference.

For more information, contact: Alice Johnson at (202) 694-0106, or Lynn Kahn at (202) 694-0038, conference contact persons located in Washington.

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