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KOREATOWN : Job Training Aimed at Riot Victims

July 25, 1993

Starting next month, the Korean Youth and Community Center will offer a job-training program targeting victims of last year's riots and the long-term unemployed through a federal grant called the Community Project for Restoration.

KYCC and El Centro del Pueblo, an Echo Park-based organization, will each have 14 job-training slots available for residents of Koreatown, Pico-Union and Hollywood, said Jennifer Chun, KYCC's project manager.

The program will offer participants training in English as a Second Language, basic math and English. Workers will be initially placed with public service organizations in their communities and receive additional on-the-job training with another employer. Participants will earn $7.04 an hour.

In addition, KYCC will accept 24 adults and 36 youths for its on-the-job training programs funded through the Job Training and Partnership Act. About half the youth slots will be reserved for those 14 to 21, who will receive extra classroom and basic skills training as well as pre-employment tips on filling out applications and writing resumes.

Adults and youths from 18 to 21 will be matched with employers offering various positions, including clerks, cashiers, janitors, bank trainees and nurse's aides. Participants will be paid while they receive on-the-job training. KYCC will reimburse employers during the training period. The pay for this separate program vary according to the job.

KYCC is at 3470 Wilshire Blvd., suite 1110. Information: (213) 365-7400.

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