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HYUNDAI ACADEMY OF AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY OPENED FOR LOS ANGELES YOUTHS

           HYUNDAI ACADEMY OF AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY OPENED
                       FOR LOS ANGELES YOUTHS
    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles youths will receive some badly needed job training thanks to the people at Hyundai Motor America, Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles Harbor College, announced the Rebuild Los Angeles Committee today.
    The program will consist of a six-month intensive training and certification program for automotive technicians.  Students will receive instruction in eight automotive classes and one life skills class.  Classes will be held at Los Angeles Harbor College, the two Los Angeles Unified School District sites, the Abram Friedman Occupational Center, the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center and at Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley.
    Transportation will be provided at several centralized locations. Maximum class size will be 15 students, recruited from South Central Los Angeles high schools.  Students will receive college credit as well as air conditioning and state smog certification credit.
    "The commitment exemplified by Hyundai Motor America to the youth of South Central is commendable in these times of fiscal uncertainty for many companies.  This investment in local youth will provide educational and employment opportunities for young people who so desperately need access to vocational training.  In addition, graduates of this program will be placed in full-time employment positions at local Hyundai dealerships.  Hyundai's automotive technology program illustrates the dedication to low-income communities that must be exhibited by all companies if the rebuilding effort in Los Angeles is to be successful," said Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles.
    "It is a privilege to work with the government and schools on this innovative program.  We hope eventually these young people will bring their skills back to the community where they reside in order to help provide jobs for others," said D.O. Chung, president, Hyundai Motor America.
    "It is crucial that this class set an excellent example in order to encourage other businesses like Hyundai to invest in our community and your future," said Warren Furutani, recent president of the Los Angeles Board of Education.
    "The students of Los Angeles are fortunate to have the long-term commitment of Hyundai Motor America to provide an employment training partnership with our school district and guaranteed jobs upon completion, especially in today's employment climate," said Dr. William Anton, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District.
    "We are proud to be a part of this trailblazing undertaking that is being initiated by Hyundai Motor America and we look forward to expanding the unique partnership that HMA has developed with Harbor College.  My congratulations to each of the young men and women who have qualified for this program.  I am confident that they will seize the opportunity and succeed.  I am equally confident that this program will surpass all expectations," said Dr. Donald G. Phelps, chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District.
    Prospective students of the Technician Training Program must meet the following criteria:
    -- Graduate from a South Central Los Angeles high school;
    -- Have two to three years of automotive experience and training;
    -- Be one of the top three graduating seniors in their automotive classes; and
    -- Make a six-month commitment to the program.
    Fifteen students have already been identified as candidates for the first program which begins on July 20, 1992.  Other benefits included in the program are discounts on Snap-On automotive tools and favorable financing on Hyundai vehicles.
    Students will be compensated for attending classes and will receive a raise upon completion of state smog certification.
    "This is the type of program that the Los Angeles area needs if we are to rebuild and become better than we were in the past. Through this Hyundai program students will learn valuable skills with the assurance that those skills will have a place in tomorrow's job market in our community," said Bernard Kinsey, chief operating officer of Rebuild L.A.
    Hyundai dealers included in the program so far include Cormier Hyundai, Torrance Hyundai, Greenwood Hyundai, Kim-Hankey Hyundai, Galpin Hyundai and Jack Ellis Hyundai.
    The program is designed to focus on developing the skills necessary for students to become entry-level technicians, as well as helping them prepare for full-time employment.  Through this program, Hyundai will fill the demands for qualified technicians at local dealerships, while offering excellent career opportunities for high school graduates in the Los Angeles community.
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    /CONTACT:  Debbie Douglas of Hyundai, 714-965-3856/ CO:  Hyundai Motor America ST:  California IN:  AUT SU: AL-CH -- LA014 -- 9784 07/16/92 13:01 EDT
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