Company Will Host Students from Local Public Schools for Career Development
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMERIGROUP Corporation (NYSE: AGP) will host more than 50 high school students this week at its National Support Center in Virginia Beach as part of the Company's participation in National Disability Mentoring Day. The effort, presented nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and locally by the Norfolk (Virginia) Public School System, involves pairing teenage students with disabilities with AMERIGROUP employees in the students' chosen areas of career interest.
"This event is a great opportunity for us to open our doors to a generation that is excited to learn about what our individual employees contribute and accomplish on a daily basis for our members," said James G. Carlson, AMERIGROUP President and Chief Executive Officer. "What's more, it's an opportunity to show that the abilities and skills that we each possess can be put to use in a variety of ways for a company such as AMERIGROUP, which partners with federal and state governments to serve the public -- specifically by ensuring that the best care possible is available for the financially vulnerable, seniors and people with disabilities."
National Disability Mentoring Day is Wednesday, October 17 and represents a partnership between the AAPD and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, as well as numerous corporations nationwide. The program began at the White House in 1999 to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job-shadowing and hands-on career exploration.
In participating in National Disability Day, AMERIGROUP is hosting more than 50 students with disabilities from Norfolk Public Schools to the Company's headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on both October 16 and October 17. In addition to spending time with an AMERIGROUP associate in the student's requested area of interest, these high school students will learn more about potential career paths, dressing for success and job interview skills. AMERIGROUP also is hosting similar Disability Mentoring Day events at its offices in Ohio and throughout Florida.
AMERIGROUP was founded in 1994 and initially focused solely on serving low-income mothers and children through the Medicaid program. In 1998, the Company began serving people with chronic and severe health conditions through Medicaid's Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) program. AMERIGROUP is now a national leader in private sector ABD programs, serving about 171,000 ABD enrollees nationwide, and drawing from the consultation of its own National Advisory Board, formed earlier this year. The Board, comprised of a wide range of distinguished community advocates and healthcare experts, is meeting this week in Houston with Company executives to continue AMERIGROUP's efforts to remain on the cutting edge in addressing the needs of this population.
About AMERIGROUP Corporation
AMERIGROUP Corporation, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, improves healthcare access and quality for the financially vulnerable, seniors and people with disabilities by developing innovative managed health services for the public sector. Through its subsidiaries, AMERIGROUP Corporation serves more than 1.5 million people in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.amerigroupcorp.com .
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