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New Web Site to Post Government Job Openings<@VM>GMU to Hold Directors' Boot Camp<@VM>D.C. Area Gets $20 Million For IT Training

Positive Support Review of Santa
Monica, Calif., has launched a new Web site, EjobDescription.com, that is designed to be a one-stop shop for human resources and recruiting professionals and includes posting descriptions of government jobs.

The site went online March 28 and included more than 400 government job descriptions, with hundreds more to come in the future, said PSR company spokesman Kent Foster. The site also includes jobs in the private sector.

Job descriptions can be accessed by human resources and other recruiting personnel for a nominal fee, according to a news release from Positive Support Review, which said the descriptions include job contacts and authority accorded to the position, problems and challenges found in each job vacancy, and job responsibilities.

The site also offers other products such as a biannual IT position salary survey of 69 specific positions in more than 150 markets in the United States and Canada.

Associations and employers also are encouraged to take part by forwarding their organization's news to marketing@ejobdescription.com.The Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., will be conducting a "BootCamp for Directors" June 6, designed to provide corporate board members and would-be board members the tools to be effective directors at fast-paced entrepreneurial companies.

Topics to be covered over the day-long session, which will be limited to 15 participants, include "Board Meeting Mechanics," "Tough Issues and 'War' Stories," "Financial Strategies" and "Issues for Emerging Entrepreneurial Firms."

Chuck Stein, president of Stein Venture Management Inc., will moderate the program.The Labor Department announced March 23 it would provide $20.2 million to train 3,300 people in the Washington, D.C., region for information technology jobs.

The money will be funneled through the Washington Metro Area Technology Initiative. Eligible trainees will be drawn from the city and a 50-mile radius in Virginia and Maryland.

"We are creating 21st-century solutions for 21st-century needs," President Clinton said in a statement. "We must help employers train workers for the skills that are most needed in the area's growing technology sector."

"Two hundred people are enrolled now in the development phase of this project," added Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. "We expect that nearly all of the trainees will find good-paying jobs in the area's high-tech companies."

An advisory board, comprising representatives of area governments, employers and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, worked to develop the training initiative, which started in 1998. A consortium of the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. governments manages the project.

The Labor Department previously provided $2.4 million in planning funds. Virginia managed the planning phase on behalf of the consortium, and Maryland will manage the rest of it.

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