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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY 'ADOPTS' SOUTH-CENTRAL LOS ANGELES GIRLS FOR NATIONAL 'TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK' DAY

 LOS ANGELES, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Just 10 days shy of Mother's Day, 11 girls from a disadvantaged South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood will find out on "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" that it isn't just mothers who care about the girls' self-esteem, education and career ambitions -- so does Southern California Gas Co.
 The Gas Company, with an employee work force of about 9,000 drawn directly from the communities it serves throughout Southern California, has aggressively sought to increase the number of women and minorities in the work place and among the subcontractors and suppliers who provide goods and services to the utility.
 In addition, since the April 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, The Gas Company has made a concerted effort in many of its programs to make a special outreach to disadvantaged communities -- particularly to give opportunities to youth, families and the unemployed where none existed before.
 Those goals came together in the mind of Patricia Wallace, the employee who initiated The Gas Company's participation in the Ms. Foundation's national "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" on April 28.
 "At about 7:45 Wednesday morning, 11 girls from Markham Middle School (1650 E. 104th St.) will board natural gas-powered buses to come to The Gas Company Tower in downtown Los Angeles," said Wallace. Each girl is assigned to a female employee and, from 9:30 to 11:00, will be allowed to perform actual duties of the job.
 Guadalupe Perez, assigned to graphic illustrator Alberta Williams, will be able to experiment with computer design programs to create her own advertising brochure.
 Kiesa Skinner will learn how the company bills its small business customers by working with Gracie Williams, special accounts representative in the company's distribution operations department. "She'll have the opportunity to actually create her own small business and design the gas bill for it using our computer programs," said Williams.
 Several girls will see the inside of a large company's human resource department, where hiring, salary adjustments, benefits administration and many other mainstream functions take place. Norma Campos, an administrative clerk, plans to let her girl, Ruth Perez, place orders with temporary agencies the company uses.
 The Gas Company has given these Markham Middle School girls a valuable gift by opening its doors to them, instead of their own real daughters, on national "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," says Markham Middle School Assistant Principal Celeste Hunter. "We have a high drop-out rate here," she says. "What the girls hear and see at The Gas Company may motivate them to stay in school. This is a lesson the classroom can't provide."
 After lunch, the girls will board natural gas buses again for a trip to The Gas Company's new Engineering Analysis Center, about 10 miles east of downtown in Pico Rivera. There, the girls will have the chance to see how one of the nation's leading pipeline testing facilities works and to ask questions of female engineers at The Gas Company.
 The center also oversees a number of research projects to develop low-emission gas burner and natural gas vehicle technology to help improve Southern California's air quality.
 "There's a longstanding myth that girls aren't well-suited for technical, mathematically oriented careers. We want the girls to see firsthand that they don't have to live with that kind of limitation. We want to open doors for their dreams and help them move closer to their goals," said Wallace.
 Schedule of Events
 7:45 Girls picked up on natural gas buses at Markham
 Middle School, 1650 E. 104th
 8:30 Girls arrive at Gas Company Tower, 555 W. 5th St.,
 downtown Los Angeles
 9:00- General orientation for all participants,
 9:30 16th floor, Gas Company Tower
 9:30- Girls work with assigned women employees in advertising,
 11:00 human resources, public affairs, billing, engineering/
 research
 11:00- Lunch, Gas Company Tower
 12:00
 12:15 Depart for Gas Analysis Center, 8101 S. Rosemead,
 Pico Rivera
 12:45- Tour and job shadowing at Gas Analysis Center
 2:00
 2:15 Depart on natural gas buses for return to Markham
 Middle School
 -0- 4/28/93
 /CONTACT: Michelle Bagley of Southern California Gas Co., 213-244-3030/


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