Box 3, Folder 11, Document 25

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February 3, 1968


Mayor Ivan Allen
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mayor Allen:

During the past six weeks, members of Atlanta University OEO
Multi-Purpose Training Center have received training at the Frank
Riessman New Careers Laboratory of New York University. We are
excited over the possibility of the new careers strategy for moving
poor people out of poverty.

Basically, the new careers idea provides an alternative avenue
to the present credentials system based on high school diploma and
other degrees for the achievement of professional and skilled positions.
The approach requires that individuals be employed in a position with
the existence of a career ladder, training and education, both in
educational institutions and on the job. For individuals who have
dropped out of the school system and who are hostile toward returning
to it, this program seems to be a major opportunity.

While the new careers approach is being tested in several major
cities throughout the country, we feel that it is advisable to make
key individuals in the Southeastern Region familiar with the approach,
Accordingly, the Atlanta University OEO Multi-Purpose Training Center
is interested in the possibility of a joint community action agencies
and industry conference on the new careers strategy. Dr. Riessman
has assured us of support and participation from his staff,

This letter invites you or a designated person to serve on the
planning committee for the regional conference,

The planning committee will be concerned with the following items:

1. The desirability and feasibility of such a conference;
2. The conference participants;

3. Time and places

h. Program content; and

5. Conference follow-up procedures.

February 3, 1968
Page 2

The new careers approach seems to be an excellent strategy for
cooperating with President Johnson's request of industry to employ
hard core poor people, and for helping community action agencies,
welfare departments, boards of education, health departments, and
other large public and private agencies, to provide career ladders
vis-a-vis deadend jobs for the poor.

Your early response to this invitation will be appreciated

Sincerely yours,

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Tilman C, Cothran
Director Multi-Purpose

Training Center

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Sent to:
Mr, James Parham
Mr. W.L. Montague
Mr. Wm. Norwood
Mr. Donald Hollowell
Mr. John Dean
Mr, Clarence Coleman

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