Bell Atlantic Partners with Warren County Technical School to Launch Telecommunications Training Program

Bell Atlantic Partners with Warren County Technical
School to Launch Telecommunications Training Program

Bell Atlantic TEC 2000 Center Opens in Washington, NJ

January 11, 2000


Soraya Rodriguez,

NEWARK, N.J. -- A new technology training center, sponsored
by Bell
Atlantic and Sprint, opens its doors today to Warren County
providing them the opportunity to prepare for jobs in New
booming telecommunications industry.

The center, located at the Warren County Technical School
Washington, N.J. is the twelfth site in the state to be
selected for the
Telecommunications Technology Program, known as TEC 2000.
2000 is a nationally recognized Bell Atlantic- sponsored
training program
that serves students, adults re-entering the job market and

"TEC 2000 represents the first time training at the school
has been
earmarked for specific employers" said Frank P. Mancuso,
Warren County
Technical School superintendent. "This is a good example
of educational
institutions, students and employers working together to
help train the
workforce of the future. In fact, students presently in
the program have
already taken Bell Atlantic's employment aptitude tests
which will make
them eligible for summer employment."

"With the rapid expansion of the information industry in
New Jersey and
around the world, the development of a workforce capable of
the industry benefits everyone" said William M. Freeman,
president and
CEO of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. "TEC 2000 is more than
an investment
in workforce readiness and job creation, it's an investment
in diversity as

The telecommunications technology program is designed to
students with basic knowledge and understanding of
network design, telephone equipment and computer networks,
and satellite
and wireless communications services. It offers theory and
practice in all
phases of the industry with career paths leading toward
jobs in
telecommunications, electronics, data communications,
systems test
engineering and computer network engineering. Students in
the program
work in a hands-on learning lab, developed in partnership
with Bell
Atlantic and Sprint.

TEC 2000 started in 1994 with 12 students at the Ocean
Vocational Technical School in Toms River, N.J. TEC 2000
now has12
centers including the one opened today in Warren County.
Other sites are
in Union, Salem, Burlington, Ocean, Morris, Somerset,
Mercer, Hudson,
Essex, Cumberland and Passaic Counties. Since its
inception, the TEC
2000 Program has enrolled 420 students. Graduates have
been hired by
Bell Atlantic, Sprint, AT&T and Suburban Cable, as well as
smaller networking companies.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications
and information
industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines
and more than 10
million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic
companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services,
market leaders in
wireless services and the world's largest publishers of
directory information. Bell
Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest
investors in high-growth
global communications markets, with operations and
investments in 23 countries.