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Early Edition Media recognized by Long Island Works Coalition

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. Nov. 15, 2007 — Early Edition Media, Inc. was recognized for its work with the Deer Park School District at a luncheon sponsored by the Long Island Works Coalition.

EEM was named to the Long Island Workforce Builders honor roll for 2007 at an event held at the Huntington Hilton. EEM earned recognition by staffing career days and guest speaking engagements at the high and middle schools. It also awarded an internship to a Deer Park senior Joey Klatzko, who used programming skills to become an important part of the organization.

More than 600 representatives from Long Island’s business, education, government and civic communities recognized individuals and organizations committed to strengthening Long Island’s future workforce at the Long Island Works Coalition (LI Works), fifth annual event.

Honorary Chairperson Sophia Hall of CBS Radio helped present awards to the 2007 Workforce Builders Honorees including: Dr. Linda Amper, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Dr. Carl Bonuso, Wantagh School District; the Honorable Carl Marcellino, New York State Senator; Kathy Paladino, Motorola, Inc.; and Debbie Regan, Debbie Regan Locations, Ltd.

Keynote speaker Cheryl Carrier, Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies - Ford Motor Company Fund, discussed Career Academies, an educational construct successfully implemented by Ford in more than 23 states that engages students in relevant, real-world experiences to gain 21st century skills. Ford has partnered with LI Works to create Career Academies within Long Island’s school districts.

According to the Long Island Association: For the past decade, Long Island’s emerging workforce, ages 20-34, have sought careers elsewhere at a rate of five times the national average; a 20 percent decline. In the last six years, L.I.’s 25 to 44 population declined by ten times the national average; a 14.8 percent decline. Experts agree that the never-ending list of why young professionals leave the island: lack of affordable housing, high taxes, suburban life versus city glam…. will be compounded by the inevitable population loss of this dwindling demographic. Commencing in 2010, U.S. Labor Statistics indicate a significant impending shortage of new workers that is expected to last for decades. Long Island will undergo profound demographic changes, as will the nation. The Workforce Builders Luncheon recognizes proactive initiatives to ensure Long Island has a skilled future workforce in order to maintain the region’s economic viability.


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