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August 19, 2004

Thirty-seven Houston high school students who spent their summer undergoing intensive technology skills training and working at some of Houston's largest corporations will be recognized for their hard work at a recognition and promotion ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Heritage Hall at the JP Morgan Chase Building at 717 Travis.

The 2004 summer class was the largest yet for Genesys ITS, a non-profit innovative technology education and training program founded in 2002 that targets economically underprivileged youth.

"Our students have demonstrated once again that when trusted with the opportunity to perform as professionals, and given the right training and support, they not only achieve but surpass all expectations, including their own," said Rafael Alvarez, founder and president of Genesys.

Five of the students to be recognized during the ceremony will be celebrating their graduation from the Genesys program, which works with students for a period of up to two years. All will be attending college.

Most of the other 32 students are being promoted to the next level of the Genesys three-tier program. The students will receive further technology training and education while attending school and continuing to gain real-world experience with Houston employers.

Participating students are from Southwest, Reagan, Milby, Austin, Eastwood and Chavez high schools.

For more information on Genesys, please visit our web site at www.genesysworks.org.

WHAT: Recognition and promotion of 37 Houston high school students who have completed eight weeks of technology education and training while obtaining on-the-job-experience through Genesys ITS

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19

WHERE: Heritage Hall at JP Morgan Chase Building, 717 Travis.

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