NU Online News Service, March 30, 4:00 p.m.EST

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The Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West said it has takenover administration of the California Insurance Careers Program(CA-ICP) that unites community colleges, workforce investmentboards, businesses and high school level education inCalifornia.

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The association said it has taken over management of thestatewide program from Rockridge Partners, an Oakland, Calif.-basedprofessional program management firm that developed that program inpartnership with Solano Community College.

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A spokeswoman for IBA West said the association took overmanagement of the 20 year-old program after Rockridge Partnersgave-up management.

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Currently the program involves partners that include 17community colleges, nine Workforce Investment Boards, 30 businesses(including several of California's largest insurance companies) andemployer associations.

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"A key goal of the IBA West Strategic Plan is to assist memberbrokers and agents to find, recruit and train new insuranceproducers and client service personnel," said Clark Plan, IBA Westchief executive officer. "IBA West for several years now hasassisted in the development and promotion of CA-ICP and has a stakein its long-term success.

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Taking over the management of CA-ICP, he said, "will allow IBAWest to continue its efforts to educate students interested in theinsurance profession and provide active lists of candidates thatwill help independent insurance brokers and agents recruithighly-trained agency personnel."

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IBA West said it would continue efforts to work the IndependentInsurance Agents & Brokers of America InVEST program (whicheducates high school students on careers in insurance) to identifyhigh schools interested in InVEST, as well as to locate othercommunity colleges interested in joining the CA-ICP program.

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IBA West said it will utilize the experience of its InsuranceSkills Center to develop traditional and online insuranceprofessional training programs. Plans also call for theconsolidation of its current job posting service within the CA-ICPwebsite.

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More information on CA-ICP is available by contacting Jenn Thumaat 800- 953-9920 or online at the following locations [email protected] , www.IBAWest.com and www.CA-ICP.com.

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