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November 17, 2008

ULM program named #1 at national conference; success rate surpasses national average

At a National Conference on Aging in Lexington, Ky., last month, the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Older Worker Program was named the country’s number one program for job placement.

The U.S. Department of Labor set an employment goal at a rate of 50 percent for individuals 55 years and older with limited income. ULM’s program far exceeded that standard by placing older individuals in jobs at a rate of 92 percent.

“The ULM Older Worker Program has consistently achieved the top national award for placing older workers in employment,” said Patsy Costello, employment coordinator for the program. “We are very proud of this honor and would like to take this opportunity to thank ULM for continuing to support it.”

The program serves 11 parishes in northeast Louisiana and is one of 28 National Council on Aging programs in the U.S. It was implemented more than 25 years ago.

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