LOS ANGELES COUNTY –
The Alameda Corridor Job Training and Development Program is ahead of
schedule in meeting its goal to provide direct benefits to residents of local
Fifty-seven local residents graduated from the
pre-apprenticeship training program last week, and 25 graduated from the
non-trade training program, bringing to 661 the number of local residents who
have completed the program. With more than a year remaining in the program, ACTA
is now two-thirds of the way to achieving its goal of training 1,000 local
Recent graduates were honored Thursday during a brief
ceremony at the monthly meeting of the Governing Board of the Alameda Corridor
Transportation Authority (ACTA).
“All of the job training graduates should be proud of
completing the program and securing job skills that will last a lifetime, and I
want to congratulate them for their hard work,” said Los Angeles City
Councilman Rudy Svorinich, Jr., chairman of the ACTA Governing Board. “At the
Alameda Corridor, we are proud to play a part in enhancing the future of local
An orientation for job training applicants is scheduled for
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, December 15. The orientation will be at the South Gate
campus of East Los Angeles College, 2340 Firestone Blvd., South Gate. The
program is available only to residents of Alameda Corridor communities. Proof of
residency is required.
Those interested in applying for the program are encouraged
to call the Job Training Information Line at (877) 435-9191. ACTA is also
aggressively encouraging women to participate in the program.
The job training program requires that the contractor for
the Mid-Corridor Trench, Tutor-Saliba, provide job training for 1,000 local
residents – 650 in construction trades and another 350 in non-trade work.
In addition, 30 percent of all work hours on the
Mid-Corridor Trench must be performed by local residents, and 30 percent of
those hours must be performed by program graduates.
Participants in the construction trade training program
receive 400 hours of classroom instruction and on-the-job training over eight
weeks and become eligible for union apprenticeships in their chosen trade.
Non-trade training consists of 20 hours of classroom instruction emphasizing
construction-industry specific skills in areas such as computers, clerical and
drafting. Placement services are provided for both groups.
So far, 479 local residents have graduated from the
construction trade training program. Of those, 320 have been placed in jobs on
the Alameda Corridor project or other regional construction projects. Another
182 local residents have completed the non-trade training.
Tutor-Saliba and its subcontractors work closely with
community groups to recruit local residents for the program.
“ACTA is ensuring that local residents directly benefit
from the project by receiving lifelong job skills,” ACTA Chief Executive
Officer James C. Hankla said. “We’ve made significant progress, and we’ve
committed ourselves to achieving our job training goal just was as we have our
business outreach goal.”
With 98 percent of all contract values awarded, the Alameda
Corridor Business Outreach Program has achieved its goal of ensuring that 22
percent of all contracts go to disadvantaged businesses.
ACTA, a joint powers agency that includes the cities and
ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile railroad freight
expressline linking the ports to the transcontinental rail yards just east of
downtown Los Angeles. The $2.4 billion project will speed the flow of cargo and
ease traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at more than 200 at-grade
railroad crossings. Construction began in May 1997, and the Alameda Corridor
remains on schedule to open in April 2002.
PHIL HAMPTON (562) 435-5551
BERNIE EVANS (310)