Contact: Public Affairs
WHITE PLAINS, NY — Single parents who receive public assistance and are enrolled in Pace University’s CLOUT Program now have a new educational opportunity that will assist them in entering the workforce.
A new partnership between Pace and Citibank will provide several CLOUT (Computers*Literacy*Opportunity*University*Technology) students with 14-week internships at Citibank’s telephone sales and banking center in Tarrytown, NY. A mentoring component to the program ensures that each student receives guidance from a Citibank sales representative.
Internships will provide CLOUT students with hands-on experience in various departments at Citibank. Each intern will spend between two and four weeks learning fulfillment, account packaging assembly, new account verification, product training, telephone sales, spreadsheet data entry, and tracking and analyzing sales results.
“Citibank is pleased to be a partner with the Pace University CLOUT Program and to offer this job development opportunity,” said Peter Mosbacher, Citibank’s vice president for government and community relations.
In 1991, Pace University developed the CLOUT Program by initially offering a full-time, two-year associate degree in office technology to help single parents learn marketable skills needed to enter the workforce. In 1995, CLOUT added an 18-credit certificate program in personal computer applications, professional office skills and employment preparation for unemployed and displaced workers.
Since its inception, CLOUT has helped more than 80 percent of its graduates find employment. The program is funded in part by the Westchester County Department of Social Services and the Westchester County’s Office of Employment and Training.