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Media Alert: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Joins Over 340 Institutions in National Campaign to Educate College Students about Federal Job Opportunities

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to Announce "Call to Serve" Initiative on April 22

MEDIA ALERT/April 18, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, MA - April 18, 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has joined over 340 colleges and universities in a national "Call to Serve" campaign to address the federal government's looming workforce crisis. Yvonne Harrison, director of WPI's Career Development and Cooperative Education will represent the university in Washington D.C.

Nearly half of the federal workforce may be eligible to retire within the next five years including over 70 percent of senior managers. Currently only one in six college-educated Americans expresses significant interest in working for the federal government, according to a nationwide public opinion survey.

Campuses like WPI which sign on to "A Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service" will help make federal service come alive for students by sponsoring campus events on federal careers, highlighting alumni who are making important contributions as federal employees, and encouraging leaders to speak about government service at commencement or other occasions. The campaign will be facilitated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan, non-profit organization aimed at recruiting and retaining excellence in the federal civil service.

United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao will join OPM Director Kay Coles James, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Partnership President Max Stier, and others at the official launch of the "Call to Serve" campaign in Washington on Monday, April 22. This event will be broadcast nationwide via satellite feed (details below).

TIME: 10:30 a.m. EDT
DATE: Monday, April 22
PLACE: The George Washington University
The Jack Morton Auditorium (Media and Public Affairs Building)
805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC
SATELLITE COORDINATES: [coordinates to be provided on April 19]
PARTICIPANTS: U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman
GWU President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
Partnership President and CEO Max Stier
FOR MORE DETAILS: Please call Bethany Young or Caren Benjamin at 202-775-9111
Or the WPI Media Relations office at 508-831-5616