SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

October 21, 2009 08:00 ET

Sí! The New American Workforce Scholarship and Internship Program

ASPIRA and ETS to Design and Manage Private Sector Scholarships With Internships for Latino Students

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - A novel initiative combining scholarships and internships with employment opportunities for Latinos has been launched jointly by the ASPIRA Association, Inc. and Educational Testing Service (ETS). The initiative addresses the private sector need to identify talent and the needs of Latino and other students for programs carrying them from college to good jobs.

Sí! The New American Workforce Scholarship and Internship Program is a national program that seeks to increase corporate sponsorship of scholarships and internships to identify and develop talented college students for the workforce. It is intended to increase the number of Latino and other minority students who enter and remain in college and who successfully transition from college into the corporate world.

"We are delighted to join with ETS in such an initiative," says Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, President and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based, ASPIRA. "Our national network of affiliates and other relationships will help us identify top students to apply for the scholarships and internships, and Scholarship & Recognition Programs at ETS, drawing on 50 years of experience, will administer the program."

"For the private sector this is a cost-effective operation that helps companies develop and later employ high-quality employees," says Bill McCambley, Director of Scholarship & Recognition Programs at ETS. "It establishes a learning platform that promotes strong employee relationships, increases loyalty and allows employers to observe performance."

Sí! The New American Workforce Scholarship and Internship Program services include:

--  Program design and planning
--  Applicant pool development
--  Verifiably fair and objective candidate review
--  Academic progress and internship monitoring
--  Ongoing program evaluation
--  Mentor training
    

"The program will also help companies meet diversity requirements for federal or other contracts," adds Blackburn-Moreno. "We see this as a 'win-win' for students and employers. It progresses from identification and selection of talent to internships and development of an employee pool with prospects for reaching senior management levels. Demographic trends alone indicate that participation in the program is a wise investment."

For information about the Sí! The New American Workforce Scholarship and Internship Program contact Linda Bailey, Project Director, lbailey@ets.org or at 1-609-243-6545.

About ASPIRA Association, Inc.

The ASPIRA Association, a 501©(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth. Since 1961, ASPIRA has been working at the grass-roots level to provide programs that encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, prepare them to succeed in the educational arena, develop their leadership skills, and to serve their community. It is organized in seven states and Puerto Rico and has extensive national presence through its partnerships with hundreds of regional, state and local education CBOs. It currently serves over 55,000 students each year through its ASPIRA Clubs in schools and its after-school education and guidance programs. ASPIRA also operates charter schools in four states.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English-language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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