AT&T and CGI create job opportunities for Texas veterans

AT&T and CGI create job opportunities for Texas veterans 
New CGI service delivery center in Belton, Texas to support AT&T
business customers, helps address high unemployment rate among Texas
DALLAS, TEXAS and FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/13 --
Twenty-five minutes from Fort Hood, Texas, where approximately 900
soldiers exit and retire from the United States Army every month,
AT&T(i) 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, over 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
"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 AT&T
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About CGI  
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$18.3
billion; its shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB)
and are included in the FTSE4Good Index. 
About AT&T 
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one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and
affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T
services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful
array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G
network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed
Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of
any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the
most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T
U-verse(R) and AT&T│DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based
business communications services is one of the most advanced in the
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(1) Combating High Unemployment Among Young Veterans, The U.S.
Congress Joint Economic Committee Chairman's Staff, May 24, 2012
Irasema Romero
Linda Odorisio
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