CERRITOS — The Private Industry Council of Southeast Los Angeles County has awarded $844,802 in contracts to several school districts and social service agencies to provide summer jobs for low-income teen-agers.
The money from the federal Job Training Partnership Act will go to special employment programs administered by the ABC, Bellflower, Downey and Norwalk-La Mirada unified school districts, the United Cambodian Community, the Southern California Rehabilitation Services and the San Gabriel Valley Training Center.
School districts that run summer youth training programs will share $552,275, offering extra educational experiences and job training to low-income teen-agers during the summer. Participants will gain up to 200 hours of paid work experience in various public service capacities.
Hard-to-Serve programs, designed to help residents "who face serious barriers in obtaining employment," such as a physical handicap or a learning disability, will receive $292,527.
The Private Industry Council, headquartered in Cerritos, serves Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood and Norwalk. For more information on the programs, call Brian Gilbert at 402-9336.