CSU Joins National Campaign to Increase Federal Workforce

(April 22, 2002) California State University campuses have joined a national call to address the federal government's looming workforce crisis. In doing so, CSU campuses have pledged to educate their students about job opportunities in federal service, to ensure that the country has talented civil servants in the new century.

"Almost half of the federal workforce may be eligible to retire within the next five years," said Louis Caldera, CSU vice chancellor and member of the Board of Governors of the Partnership for Public Service—a national organization dedicated to recruiting and retaining excellence in the federal workforce. "As the nation's largest four-year university, the CSU is in a unique position to educate and inspire its 400,000-strong student body to consider the importance and rewards of careers in federal service."

A national campaign titled Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service was launched today in Washington, D.C. to call attention to the importance of civil service and the wide range of opportunities in the public sector throughout the nation.

Through polling done last year, the Partnership for Public Service found that only 1 in 6 college-educated Americans expresses significant interest in working for the federal government.

"Leaders in higher education have a unique chance to change this dynamic," said Caldera, the former Secretary of the Army. "We can educate our students about the enormous impact career civil servants can have on the quality of life in America, and on America's standing in the world. This jobs are challenging, important and rewarding."

Twenty two CSU presidents have endorsed the Call to Serve campaign and designated a campus liaison to work with the Partnership for Public Service in initiatives that include providing information through campus career orientation services, commencement ceremonies, campus events and highlighting alumni who are making important contributions as federal employees.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job- ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever- changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

Details about the official launch of the Call to Serve campaign and rally at George Washington University, Monday, April 22:

TIME: 10:30 a.m. EST

DATE: Monday, April 22

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AMC 01 (Formerly GE 1)
103° West
Transponder/channel 20
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Downlink Frequency: 12100 MHz
Audio: 6.2/6.8
Test time: 10:00 AM, EDT
Program: 10:30 AM, EDT to 1:00 PM, EDT
Technical trouble phone #: (202) 994-8233

MEDIA CALL-IN NUMBER: 1-800-882-8498 (any time between 12 pm – 1 pm EST)

Some of the participants will be available for satellite interviews after the announcement. During this time, media across the country can call in and ask questions to participants via satellite. To participate, media should call 1-800-882-8498 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. EST. (For more information, call Bethany Young at 202-775-9111 or 202-277-3848).

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin
Partnership President and CEO Max Stier

PLACE: The Jack Morton Auditorium (Media and Public Affairs Building), The George Washington University, Washington, DC

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Last Updated: 22 April 2002

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