DENVER, November 7, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, and the Qwest Foundation today announced a $50,000 donation to establish a new curriculum for telecommunications installation technicians at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO.
Qwest made an in-kind donation of the curriculum, valued at $25,000, and the Qwest Foundation contributed $25,000 to Aims? Continuing Education Division to implement the training, and purchase the tools and equipment needed for a new teaching lab. Up to 48 students are expected to participate in each term of the program beginning January 2002.
?Qwest is delighted to support this new program at Aims as the demand from businesses and consumers for advanced communications technologies continues to expand,? said Robin Szeliga, Qwest executive vice president and chief financial officer, and a member of the Qwest Foundation board of directors. ?The program also will help us create a talent pool as some of our employees become eligible for retirement.?
?Aims Community College proudly accepts this grant from Qwest for the Basic Telephone Installation Program,? said Brenda Beckman, interim president of Aims Community College. ?A strong relationship already exists between Aims and Qwest in providing distance-learning programs in telecommunications to Qwest employees within their 14-state local service area. The new installation program will be very beneficial to the Northern Colorado community. It will provide marketable skills for individuals seeking training or re-training in a highly technical field. The addition of this program to the Aims curriculum will also help to enhance and strengthen the local economy.?
Curt Reimer, vice president of Qwest network training and development, said, ?The new Aims program will significantly increase our source of well-trained technicians to serve our customers and maintain top service standards we have put in place over the past 16 months.?
The Qwest Foundation today also announced the launch of its new website www.qwest.com/foundation. Funding guidelines for the Qwest Foundation are available on the site. The Qwest Foundation funds technology workforce development programs and works to address pressing needs in the communities that it serves.
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