AT&T, Goodman Networks and others form important Business Coalition


Plano, Texas (Feb. 9, 2010Today, a business coalition, formed by AT&T, including Capital Communications, Goodman Networks, Lineage Power, Quanta Services, Telecom Technicians, and Henry Ford Community College announced the creation of the Michigan Alliance for High-Tech Skills Training, an industry-led job retraining program that will be available to displaced workers and interested students in Michigan this year.
Henry Ford Community College, with assistance from the coalition's business leaders, will design a curriculum to develop core competencies and skills to retrain workers for 21st century jobs. 
"This program recognizes and will tap into the tremendous potential of the human capital we have in Michigan," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.  "This initiative will provide our workers the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to help grow the 21st century economy right here at home." 

The Michigan Alliance for High-Tech Skills Training program supports efforts by Governor Granholm and other Michigan leaders, as well as the Obama Administration, to engage businesses in the education and retraining of displaced workers. 
"As President Obama recognized when he announced the American Graduation Initiative right here in Michigan, our nation's community colleges will continue to play an even greater role in expanding economic opportunities to all individuals," said Dr. Gail Mee, Henry Ford Community College president.  "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue helping those here in Michigan who have been hit hardest by the struggling economy." 
"We know Michigan has an amazing workforce, and unfortunately too much of it is underutilized," said David G. O'Reilly, president of Capital Communications, Inc. based in Plymouth, Michigan.  "By helping those who are out of work learn some new skills, they will be primed and ready to re-join the workforce and help get Michigan moving again."
"Evolving technologies require that leading edge businesses train and educate their employees to remain in lock-step with the industry," said John Goodman, Chairman and CEO of Goodman Networks, which operates in Coldwater, Farmington Hills, Traverse City and Lansing, Michigan.  "Education and re-training are the keys to assisting people to rejoin the workforce.  Goodman Networks is pleased to be a part of this important initiative toward the goal of helping put displaced auto workers back to work."
Through its AT&T Aspire program, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have awarded millions of dollars in grants to schools and nonprofits across the country for programs focused on high school success and workforce readiness, launched a company-wide job shadow initiative, supported dropout prevention summits across the country, and released the findings of landmark research on the educators' perspective regarding the dropout crisis.
"The curriculum being offered by Henry Ford, developed together with this coalition, will provide displaced workers with new high-tech skills that can be applied across many industries," said James A. Murray, president, AT&T Michigan.  "We're proud to be part of this industry coalition, and I want to thank Governor Granholm for bringing us together to help our workers gain the knowledge they need to compete in the global economy." 
More information regarding the Michigan Alliance for High-Tech Skills Training, including specific announcements about when students can begin enrolling in the program and more information on the program's curriculum will be announced as they are determined and developed.