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SHELL ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION PROGRAM TO HELP LOS ANGELES REVITALIZATION EFFORT

 SHELL ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION PROGRAM TO HELP
 LOS ANGELES REVITALIZATION EFFORT
 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Oil Company announced today a $10 million plan to assist in the Los Angeles revitalization effort. Joined by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and Rebuild L.A. co- chairman Bernard Kinsey, Shell officials outlined a comprehensive four- year community program that includes:
 -- capital investment,
 -- new jobs,
 -- job training courses for high school students,
 -- educational support and
 -- sponsorship of youth and community programs.
 "We salute the efforts of Rebuild L.A. and all of the other organizations and companies that are pledging support to the area," said Bill Schutzenhofer, Shell's marketing vice president. "With the largest network of service stations in South Central Los Angeles, we see it as good business to continue our presence and develop a closer relationship with the community."
 Shell's capital investment program calls for the planned construction/ rebuilding of four of the remaining damaged service stations and a new $2 million "super station/training center." Locations will be announced later. The new "super station" will offer expanded customer services tailored to the neighborhood market. It will be Shell's first of this new design to be built in an inner city neighborhood. Two additional super station/job training centers are proposed by Shell -- at a cost of $2 million each -- in 1993-1995.
 The announcement was made at one of the 50 Shell service stations that was quickly repaired and back in service after the area suffered widespread damage in April. Shell aggressively implemented a program to reopen its damaged or destroyed stations, and had almost 90 percent of them back in operation within one month, preserving 250 jobs in the process.
 Construction of the retail job training center, located adjacent to the "super station," will begin later this year. Training classes for high school students should start in early 1993.
 Shell will offer job training classes that will provide participants with the basic skills necessary to perform entry level retail jobs.
 "Good job training goes hand-in-hand with meaningful employment, and this has been identified as an important need in the community. We're glad to be able to utilize our expertise, and hope to give job training classes to as many as 150 young people the first year," Schutzenhofer said.
 Shell has pledged almost $1 million over the next four years to support educational programs for young people in the area. One of the programs, "Shell Scholars," will be offered to eighth grade classes from several middle schools to be named later. The program will involve tutoring, summer education and other support to encourage students to finish high school and to get additional education. Those students who continue to fully participate in the program through high school graduation will receive up to $1,000 per year for four years in scholarships for college or trade schools.
 The company is working with Los Angeles Unified School District to form a partnership with a South Central high school and the middle schools feeding it. Shell is also working with the LAUSD on various other programs including an assistance program to enhance the curriculum in elementary and middle schools.
 Shell has created the new position of L.A. Community Relations Manager to help coordinate the new programs and assist Shell area service station dealers in their efforts to increase their involvement in community activities.
 Shell also plans on becoming one of the sponsors of "Students Run L.A.," a highly acclaimed program that challenges young people from the inner city areas to commit to training to run the L.A. Marathon. The program teaches perseverance, planning and the setting of long-term goals. Many of the Shell service station dealers will be active in this program, participating in activities such as sponsoring students and volunteering their time and resources.
 To further support community programs, the corporation has committed to increase the amount of funds deposited in minority-owned banks in the Los Angeles area.
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