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Scientific-Atlanta Unveils $1 Million Gift To Gwinnett Tech To Fuel Campus Expansion, Technician Training in the 'Silicon Valley' of the South

Submitted by: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Aug 12, 2000 – 12:00 AM EST


Donation to Help Build The George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development

Aug. 12 /CSRwire/ - In a metropolitan region fast becoming known for its groundbreaking technologies, Scientific-Atlanta executives and employees joined with Georgia and Gwinnett County officials today to break ground for Gwinnett Technical College's new multi-million-dollar George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development. As part of the ceremony, Scientific-Atlanta announced it will donate $1 million to the state-of-the-art technical training facility, designed to prepare workers for the fast-growing information technology industry.

Scientific-Atlanta's gift will help with building construction on the campus of Georgia's largest technical college and the ongoing training of advanced technicians, who are in high demand to fill positions that currently outnumber the pool of qualified candidates.

"Scientific-Atlanta's gift of financial and technical support will serve to strengthen what has already become a mutually beneficial relationship between one of the region's best technical educators and one of the world's leading developers of digital interactive technologies," says Jim McDonald, president and CEO, Scientific-Atlanta. "The information technology talent that is developed at Gwinnett Tech may soon help Scientific-Atlanta further revolutionize the cable industry it helped to build nearly five decades ago."

The George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development will include the Scientific-Atlanta Conference Center, which will offer the latest interactive communications technologies, satellite connectivity, state-of-the-art audio/visual and global distance-learning capabilities within a 350-seat amphitheater and four-story classroom facility. Designed with input from the business community, the conference center will house corporate classrooms with Internet access and satellite downlinks. Executive conference rooms and banquet facilities will position Gwinnett Tech as one of the state's premier sites for corporate and technical training.

"The Scientific-Atlanta Conference Center and the new George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development will enable Gwinnett Tech to more than double the number of students and corporate employees we can train and educate every year," says Sharon Rigsby, president of Gwinnett Technical College. "The new center will enable us to increase the current number of high-tech business and industry students and employees we serve from about twelve thousand to more than thirty thousand annually."

About Scientific-Atlanta Scientific-Atlanta, Inc (NYSE:SFA) (http://www.scientificatlanta.com) is a leading supplier of transmission networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive subscriber systems for video, high-speed Internet, and voice over IP (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.

"Forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 may be included in this news release. A variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Investors are referred to the Company's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99 to the Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this news release by reference.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Sims Scientific-Atlanta
Phone: 770-236-2179


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