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CAREER TRAINING PROGRAM LAUNCHED TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF LA UNREST; TRAINING IS THE CATALYST FOR HOPE, BUT JOBS ARE THE FUTURE

 /ADVANCE/LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Trade- Technical College and Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) today showcased an innovated program designed to provide no-cost career training -- and jobs -- for residents affected by civil disturbances in South Central Los Angeles.
 "Training is the catalyst for hope, but jobs are the future," said William Ernisse, a Xerox vice president.
 The first 30 students started the 12-week program on Jan. 4, and will be trained in imaging and desktop publishing technologies, and customer relations and business skills designed to lead to careers managing or working on a staff of an in-house or retail copy center.
 The program, called REPRO LA, was established by Los Angeles Trade- Technical College, in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles Private Industry Council, Community Development Department and Rebuild LA, and is funded by the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). Xerox loaned $300,000 in equipment and supplies, and its professionals to train the course instructors.
 "This partnership between the private and public sectors leverages all of our resources to benefit the community in a manner that would not otherwise have been possible," said Hilda Tomberlin, dean, academic affairs, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.
 Representatives of more than 150 Los Angeles-area employers were invited to join officials from the city, Rebuild LA, the college and Xerox to observe students in the "working" document creation and production environment, and to stimulate an interest in hiring students who graduate from the course this spring.
 "City of Los Angeles residents' access to viable employment opportunities is dramatically enhanced through cooperative efforts of this nature," said Parker Anderson, general manager, Community Development Department. "This is an example of something we need more of."
 A second class of 30 students is currently being enrolled and will begin training April 5. To qualify for REPRO LA, students must meet JTPA requirements and live in the City of Los Angeles. Assistance with books, tools, tuition and other essentials is provided.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Simek of Xerox Corporation, 310-546-7511, extension 706, or cellular, 716-737-2676 (today); or 716-423-5230 after today/
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