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The Conference Board presented "Best in Class'' awards last month to six companies for their educational achievements.

The companies are Procter & Gamble; J.C. Penney; Motorola Inc.; Champion International Inc., a paper company; UNUM, a Minnesota-based insurance company; and the U.S. West Foundation.

A five-member panel of education and business officials selected the winners for their "hands on'' involvement in education, according to Leonard Lund, a senior research associate at the Conference Board, a national business group.

Approximately 1,200 corporations were invited to compete for the awards; the Conference Board received entries from 110 corporations.

The chancellors of City University of New York and the New York City Public Schools have announced the creation of the city's first "Family College.''

Parents eligible for public assistance will be able to enroll in a degree program at the CUNY Kingsborough Community College campus while their young children attend a satellite preschool.

The project is designed to help "short-circuit the cycle of poverty'' by helping low-income parents gain access to higher education, Leon M. Goldstein, Kingsborugh Community College's president, said in a statement last month.

A second Family College is slated to open in September. The collaborative hopes eventually to open at least one Family College in each of the city's five boroughs.

The international-relief organization World Vision has launched a partnership with Head Start agencies and offices of the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children in three Michigan cities.

As a part of its "Love for Children'' program, World Vision will recruit church volunteers to provide supplemental services to low-income mothers and their children. The program, which was announced in March, is being funded by a $1.6-million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Each church volunteer will provide a variety of personal services to a ÷éã mother, ranging from giving her a ride to the grocery store, helping her child apply for a library card, or delivering a box of emergency food to the family.

The objective of the program is to "engage church volunteers in the lives of disadvantaged children and families'' and to help empower the families on a one-to-one basis, said Virgil Gulker, the director of World Vision's Holland, Mich., office.

Over the next five years, World Vision hopes to expand the program to 26 cities in the Great Lakes region.--M.S.

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