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The New Jersey Department of Education has unveiled a plan for placing 10,000 high-school graduates from the state's 81 urban high schools in private-sector jobs by 1992.

Called "10,000 Graduates ... 10,000 Jobs,'' the program is intended to "give students a tangible goal for which to strive,'' said Saul Cooperman, the state's commissioner of education, in announcing the initiative this month.

In addition, he said, it "will provide employers an economical way to recruit a well-prepared labor force.''

Within each participating school district, a "business-services liaison'' will match qualified students with available positions listed in a computerized job bank, said Edward J. Richardson, a spokesman for the department.

Officials in approximately 17 regional Private Industry Councils will identify vacancies around the state and enter them into the job bank, Mr. Richardson said.

To qualify for the program, he explained, a student must have passed the state's high-school proficiency test, maintained consistent school attendance, demonstrated good citizenship, and completed a 40-hour "employability skills'' course.

The program is scheduled to place its first 1,000 graduates in jobs in June 1989.

The idea was proposed by Gov. Thomas H. Kean in his State of the State Message in January.

Vol. 06, Issue 25

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