National Employer Leadership Council releases new best practices publication featuring NYSEG

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2001 – The National Employer Leadership Council and the National Alliance of Business released today the newest addition to the Best Practices in School-to-Careers series, The Utilities Industry.

The publication features New York State Electric & Gas Corporation’s (NYSEG) “best practice” for its multi-faceted Educational Services Program.

NYSEG’s School-to-Careers initiatives enhance schools’ instructional programs across the state. NYSEG staff participate in a variety of educational programs with an emphasis on energy awareness, safety and career education with local school districts, enhancing curricula and helping students understand the connection between school and the world of work.

“Our educational services are an essential part of preparing tomorrow’s work force today,” said Ralph Tedesco, NYSEG’s president and chief operating officer, “NYSEG’s Youth Summits and school-to-work initiatives provide young people with the opportunity to interact with community and business leaders. Our goal is to help retain the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of young people in our communities. We’re delighted to be recognized for our results.”

The Best Practices in School-to-Careers series demonstrates the scope and importance of employer involvement in School-to-Careers. Each booklet in the series examines employer roles in specific industry sectors. The Utilities Industry focuses on the importance of partnerships between educators and companies that rely on a skilled workforce for the utilities industry. It is the result of a partnership between the National Employer Leadership Council, the National Alliance of Business, and the National School-to-Work Office.

About the National Employer Leadership Council

The National Employer Leadership Council (NELC), an initiative of the National Alliance of Business, is a business membership organization dedicated to expanding and enhancing employer involvement in School-to-Careers. The NELC advocates and supports School-to-Careers initiatives combining classroom courses with real-life learning to ensure all students meet high standards and, therefore, are prepared for continuing education and the cutting-edge jobs of the 21st Century. NELC members, and the NELC Leadership Board of senior business executives, are committed to sustaining the significant changes in teaching and learning taking place across the country as a result of school-to-careers. For more information about the NELC, visit the organization’s Web site at http://www.nelc.org.

About NYSEG

NYSEG is a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation (NYSE: EAS – news), a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. NYSEG serves 825,000 electricity customers and 250,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. By providing superior customer service, promoting competition and focusing on growth, NYSEG will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities it serves. For more information about NYSEG, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.nyseg.com.

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