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TOYOTA, L.A. URBAN LEAGUE, RLA ANNOUNCE AUTOMOTIVE TRAINING CENTER

TOYOTA, L.A. URBAN LEAGUE, RLA ANNOUNCE AUTOMOTIVE TRAINING CENTER
 TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., in partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League and RLA (Rebuild LA), today announced plans for a multimillion-dollar vocational automotive training program in Los Angeles.
 "Toyota will purchase a site and jointly establish a non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors appointed by Toyota and the Urban League," said Doug West, TMS vice president and general counsel-product law, at a news conference this morning.
 The facility, to be named the Los Angeles Urban League Automotive Training Center, will allow Toyota and the Urban League to work together to recruit, train and place Los Angeles-area residents in entry-level, automotive-repair jobs.
 West estimated that the project would represent a commitment of approximately $3 million by his company.
 On-site management of the vocational facility and its staff of 13 trainers will be provided for two years by a Toyota technical training professional. Annual operating expenses of about $600,000 will be underwritten by Toyota completely in the first year and then on a substantial, but declining, basis as the Urban League assumes full financial and administrative responsibility over the course of several years.
 "The Toyota/Urban League partnership represents a significant new initiative which will help meet crucial training and employment needs of South Central L.A. residents," said John W. Mack, president of the Los Angeles Urban League. "It is an exciting example of what can be accomplished when business and community groups work toward a common goal. Toyota's commitment to the community goes beyond donating money, the company is committing time and people to make this work- study program possible."
 Several sites currently are under consideration. Once a site has been selected, minority contractors will be hired to carry out necessary construction or refurbishing.
 The center is scheduled to be operational in spring 1993, with about 100 students a year graduating from the various courses offered, which include: Air Conditioning, Tune-up and Emissions, Tires and Suspension, and Brakes and Exhaust. The curriculum will teach students about proper work habits, automotive technology, customer satisfaction and provide on-the-job training.
 "By establishing this new training facility, Toyota is helping to revitalize the Los Angeles area and its residents," said Peter Ueberroth, co-chair, RLA. "The center will provide an opportunity for unemployed and underemployed residents to receive the training and skills necessary to put them to work in a challenging automotive- related career."
 Toyota and the Urban League will work with local repair shops and automotive mass merchandisers to help secure jobs for students while attending classes and following graduation from the center.
 Residents from throughout the Los Angeles area will be encouraged to enroll in classes.
 "We naturally expect the center to become an integral part of the Los Angeles community, and we will be working very hard to attract students from many areas and ethnic groups of Los Angeles," West said.
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 /CONTACT: Mindy Geller, 310-618-5204 or Christi Abe, 310-618-4719, both of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.; Rene Etienne or Regina Lemle of Los Angeles Urban League, 213-299-3677; or Frederic C. MacFarlane of RLA, 213-489-9675/ CO: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.; Los Angeles Urban League;
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