Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Express Personnel, Metro Tech Forge Partnership

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Express Personnel, Metro Tech Forge Partnership

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Express Personnel Services will establish an office on the Metro Tech Springlake campus under a new partnership announced Tuesday.

The education and business venture is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. Express will place a representative in the office to offer job placement services to Metro Tech students at no charge to the students or the school. Metro Tech will supply office space and promote the availability of the service to students at all seven of its metro sites.

The office, located at the Business Conference Center, will be available to the general public as well as students. Last year, the center was host to more than 78,000 guests for meetings, seminars and conferences. Express Personnel Services, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is the nation's largest privately held franchisor of staffing services. Founded in 1983, the company has nearly 400 franchised offices employing more than 250,000 annually. Worldwide sales for 1997 were $893 million; they are expected to top $1 billion this year. Metro Tech is one of 29 vocational technical schools in the Oklahoma Department of Vocational Technical Education's network. Formed in 1979, the 184-square-mile Metro Tech district serves nearly 20,000 clients each year. Some 18,000 of those are enrolled in the short-term and industry training courses. Of the nearly 1,500 students enrolled in full-time programs, more than 60 percent are adults. High school students in Oklahoma City and Crooked Oak school districts attend Metro Tech at no cost. "People do not choose to come to Metro Tech simply for training," said Dr. Kara Gae Wilson, superintendent. "They come to us for the potential of a new or better job and the attendant benefits of a life resulting from solid employment in a career field." Through the association with Express Personnel, "Metro Tech clients will have built-in access to the largest and most expensive range of employment opportunities in Oklahoma, the nation and internationally. …

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