AT&T and CGI Create Job Opportunities for Texas Veterans
New CGI Service Delivery Center in Belton, TX to Support AT&T Business
Customers, Helps Address High Unemployment Rate Among Texas Veterans
DALLAS and FAIRFAX, Va., March 6, 2013
DALLAS and FAIRFAX, Va., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-five minutes
from Fort Hood, Texas, where approximately 900 soldiers exit and retire from
the United States Army every month, AT&T* and CGI Group Inc., (NYSE: GIB)
(TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business
process services, are about to make life a little easier for veterans
searching for work.
CGI today formally opened its Belton, Texas onshore IT services delivery
center, which will support the delivery of AT&T's Managed Network Services to
corporate and government customers. The new center will give veterans an
opportunity to apply the leadership, experience and dedication they developed
during military service in a customer-facing environment.
The CGI center comes at a critical time for post-9/11 veterans in Texas, where
the annual unemployment rate among this group averaged 13.5 percent in 2011^1.
That's more than double the current Texas unemployment rate for the general
population – six percent in December 2012.
The new 40,000-square-foot CGI building at the Belton Business Park was
completed in December and offers IT services for both commercial and public
sector organizations. Operating from a nearby temporary facility since
November 2011, CGI already has hired more than 130 employees, more than 50
percent of whom are veterans or military family members. CGI has a target of
hiring between 350 and 400 professionals at the center by 2016.
"AT&T is committed to serving transitioning military and their families by
connecting them to new job opportunities in their region. The location of the
CGI center near Fort Hood was an important consideration in AT&T's decision to
use the center to support the delivery of AT&T's Managed Network Services,"
said Paul Rosenbaum, Senior Vice President, AT&T Managed Services. "Veterans
make up nearly 30 percent of the Fort Hood population. It offers a rich pool
of candidates that understand and value teamwork."
The Belton Center is one of four CGI U.S. onshore IT centers providing
full-service IT capabilities that meet strict security requirements. CGI
invests in small U.S. communities to gain access to highly skilled local
talent, creating quality jobs and growing technology expertise in America. Key
to the success of CGI's onshore delivery model is strong partnerships with
state and local government, economic development authorities and local
colleges and universities.
"CGI sees increased demand for the kind of high-quality, cost-effective
services we offer from our U.S. onshore IT services delivery centers," said
Pete Ihrig, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CGI U.S. Enterprise
Markets. "AT&T's selection of CGI and our center in Belton is proof positive –
and demonstrates our collective commitment to creating good jobs for all
Americans, particularly our veterans."
AT&T and CGI have various resources to help assist veterans and military
service members in their transition to the civilian workforce. For more
information, visit http://att.jobs/military.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information
technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately
71,000 members located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas,
Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services
including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration,
application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as
a wide range of proprietary solutions. Further to the recent acquisition of
Logica, CGI's annualized revenue is in excess of C$10 billion, with an
estimated order backlog of approximately C$18.3billion; its shares are listed
on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the FTSE4Good
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^1 Combating High Unemployment Among Young Veterans, The U.S. Congress Joint
Economic Committee Chairman's Staff, May 24, 2012
SOURCE AT&T Inc.
Contact: Irasema Romero, AT&T, +1-214-782-6008, firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Linda Odorisio, CGI, +1-703-267-8118, email@example.com
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