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ALAMO RENT A CAR KEEPS 500 JOBS OPEN TO U.S. STUDENTS;

NATION'S LARGEST OWNED AND OPERATED INDEPENDENT LAUNCHES ITS SECOND YEAR
 OF STUDENT JOBS PROGRAM AT U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- While many companies are struggling with downsized staffs in the current economy, Alamo Rent A Car, the nation's largest independently owned and operated car rental company, is implementing its second year of unique management training program for college students, designed to offer part-time employment with a full-time future to hundreds of college-age candidates nationwide.
 Now in place since November 1992, Alamo's "Going Places" program seeks to employ college students on a limited basis while they are attending classes, then utilize students on a full-time basis during summer break and over holiday periods when Alamo's operations are at peak capacity. Summer break jobs offer some students the chance for a summer assignment in Alamo's high volume rental locations in Hawaii, California and Florida, among others, with travel at Alamo's expense.
 Alamo is the nation's fastest growing car rental company, with 108 locations situated in or just off the nation's most frequently traveled airports. For the past five years, the company's revenues have averaged a growth rate of some 15 to 20 percent annually, and Alamo has added 30 additional cities, and moved on-airport in 20 cities for a current total of 62 on-airport locations. This aggressive expansion continues to create demand for additional rental operations personnel.
 According to Senior Vice President of Operations William M. Bondurant, "While other companies are downsizing, laying off or cutting back, Alamo continues to expand to new cities and add new jobs." Bondurant continued, "For the past year, 'Going Places' has proved it offers Alamo a broad base of talent from which to select future management candidates, while providing much-needed employment to college students.
 "The program also gives us the talent we need on a part-time basis, and is an effective way to staff up our high volume operations during the heavy demand months of June through August."
 In its first year, Alamo's "Going Places" program provided 325 positions in 100 key locations around the country, including high volume Alamo locations in such cities as Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando and Miami. "The Alamo cities happen to coincide with areas that are heavily populated with college and university students who are excellent employment candidates," Bondurant added.
 The "Going Places" program offers students a number of lucrative benefits, including flexible part-time hours scheduled to accommodate a student's course load; full-time employment during summer and holiday periods; and opportunities for full-time permanent employment following graduation.
 Alamo designed the "Going Places" program as a method from which to select management trainees, as well as to provide college students with on-the-job experience. Bondurant said, "At Alamo, we believe the "Going Places" program will afford us an opportunity to recruit candidates for advancement within our management team, while providing lucrative employment to college students."
 All recruiting takes place in the city locations themselves, with interviews conducted by Alamo city directors and city managers in each Alamo location.
 "Alamo currently ranks fourth among U.S. car rental companies, with a peak fleet of more than 150,000 cars. By year end, Alamo projects its revenues to exceed $1 billion, up from $850 million in 1992.
 Alamo currently serves over 10 million travelers a year through 108 high-volume locations in the United States, plus 24 international locations in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
 Alamo is the only major car rental firm in the country to move a logo-free fleet nationwide, and is the first car rental company in the United States to provide every renter with a Traveler's Safety Alert.
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 WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT 'GOING PLACES'
 Aaron Merrit
 Age 22
 University of Denver
 Denver
 Going Places since 2/93
 "I feel blessed with the program. It allows me to go to school full time while I work. It's flexible enough to let me meet my scholarship requirements such as training time and games, and it also allows me to have a great income. I like what I do, and the company cares about my education. Even with all the demands of school and work, I still have time to rest and relax. It's just a great program!"
 Mary Chisenhall
 Age 19
 University of Texas at San Antonio
 San Antonio, Texas
 Going Places since 1/93
 "The Going Places program is beneficial because it allows me to work a few hours while I'm attending school. When I went home this summer, I didn't have to worry about finding a job, I was able to work for Alamo in my hometown. I also like the fact that after working for Alamo for one year, they will help with part of my college tuition. This program is well-designed for college students, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
 Matt Franklin
 Age 18
 University of South Florida
 Tampa, Fla.
 Going Places since 5/93
 "The Alamo program has fit perfectly into my life. I joined Going Places in the summer and worked in Fort Lauderdale, and now I've transferred to the Alamo location in Tampa for the school year. During Christmas, I plan to work in Fort Lauderdale again. The fact that they'll work around my schedule is terrific. Plus, I'm learning skills that I know will help me in the future. I'm going to stay with the program, and I'd definitely recommend it."
 CONTACT: Wendy Lester or Liz Clark of Alamo Rent A Car, 305-468-2044/


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