Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Goodwill Sees Jobs Available in Telemarketing

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Goodwill Sees Jobs Available in Telemarketing

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Oklahoma Goodwill Industries Inc. and representatives of several local businesses have teamed up to train people with disabilities to work in a growing industry.

A newly formed business advisory committee will work actively with Goodwill to provide vocational education in telemarketing for the disadvantaged and handicapped.

"There are jobs in the telemarketing industry," said Dan Kurtenbach, director of the Oklahoma City Goodwill Industries office. "They are good, regular, part-time jobs with benefits."

Goal of Goodwill's partnership with the business advisory committee is to train handicapped people for those jobs, he said.

Goodwill is a nonprofit organization which offers work and job training for disadvantaged people _ mostly the handicapped and people with special needs.

The organization has used the assistance of business advisory councils in the past, such as a program designed to teach computer programming.

Because of the potential for job growth in telemarketing and phone services, however, soliciting businesses involved in those fields for a new job training program made sense, according to Kurtenbach.

There is a diversity of opportunity in those industries, he said.

"Many rent-a-car businesses or hotel businesses do their own internal telemarketing," he said. "It's not all soliciting. . .there are many other things people can do if they are not comfortable with selling."

Members currently committed to the business advisory council include: Chad Jenkins, manager of Vision Quest; Russ Edgecombe of Idleman Telemarketing's Norman office; Craig Throckmorton, president of General Research Corp.; Judith Adkinson, county director of the Oklahoma County office of Department of Human Services; Sylvia Fleming, director of the City of Oklahoma City Office of Job Training and Education; Janice Watson, assistant branch manager of Dialamerica; Rita Cook, owner of Dartco II; and Debbie Guidrey of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.

Kurtenbach also expects a representative from The Hertz Corp. and more representatives from Southwestern Bell. He said he would like to have up to 15 people on the committee. …

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