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Despite years of experience, thousands of communications workers and military personnel do not have the latest technology skills to remain competitive in the 21st century. Through an innovative alliance, Cisco Systems, Communications Workers of America and Stanly Community College are preparing union members and transitioning U.S. military personnel with training for the future.

"The Workforce Transition Project is making a difference in people's lives. Each students in the project can visualize a career path and make a better life for themselves and their families," Jim Landers, WTP instructor
"The Workforce Transition Project is making a difference in people's lives. Each students in the project can visualize a career path and make a better life for themselves and their families,"
Jim Landers, WTP instructor

Cisco, CWA and Stanly have joined forces to develop the Workforce Transition Project (WTP), which aims to train, certify and place union members and transitioning military personnel in the new technology job market.

"With 1.8 million direct high-tech jobs to be created in the next five years, those who enter this military-to-work program will find a wealth of opportunity awaiting them in the Internet economy," says John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems.

The WTP, a unique distance-learning program, combines online curriculum delivery and personalized one-on-one mentoring in accredited courses. The e-learning structure provides pre-assessments that define the level and amount of training required to reach each participant's training goals. Courses offered by Stanly are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

"The work in this industry is interesting and challenging and I don't see an end to it,"
Clarence Mitchell, WTP student.
The program, designed to close the IT skills gap between workers and the ever-evolving high-tech industry, trains students in the skills needed to earn industry-recognized certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and professional in Computer Technology (A+ certified).

"In today's high-tech industry, there is a skills shortage, not a worker shortage," says Morton Bahr, CWA President.

"The work in this industry is interesting and challenging and I don't see an end to it,"
Clarence Mitchell, WTP student.

WTP also offers students employment referrals to a number of CWA-represented companies such as Verizon, Lucent Technologies, Bell Atlantic, Bell South, GTE and SBC.

The U.S. Department of Labor, through its Veterans Employment and Training Services, also played a role in the initial program by funding the WTP with a $1.3 Million H1B grant.

The Workforce Transition Project is highly acclaimed in business and government communities as one of the most innovative and aggressive projects demonstrating a true public-private partnership.

To learn more or to enroll in the program please visit the CWA, National Education and Training Trust Web site at www.cwanett.org.

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