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About 100 recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families will begin a two-year academic program at Erie Community College in January, officials announced.

The pilot program, offering an associate degree in either office technology or food service-restaurant management, is being offered in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Social Services.

To qualify, an individual must be a recipient of temporary assistance and have a high school or GED (general educational development) diploma; proof of immunization; a 1040 form for 1997; and a referral from the individual's Social Services employment counselor.

The cost of tuition and books will be covered by federal and state financial aid, the cost of child care by Social Services.

Applications for admission as well as financial aid forms must be completed between 9 a.m. and noon Monday or Dec. 16 in Room 116 of the ECC City Campus.

Participants in the pilot program will attend ECC full time and year round.

In addition to the regular curriculum, they will take a course in planning, organizing, dressing and communicating as well as a course in studying, note taking, researching and writing papers.

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