The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 8, 1968 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

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Blytheville .(Ark.) Cornier New« - Monday, April 8, 1M8 ~ Page Thr* Funds Provide Training By Webb Lasctcr m 1 Staff Writer In a joint effort, the Cotton Bojl Vocational Technical' School and the - Blytheville office'; of the Employment Security Division (BSD) have begun an automobile body repair scKool under the auspices of the Manpower Development and Training Act. The 37 week course, which is being taught by Charles Cauttrell and offered to qualified, unemployed applicants, -meets: in a building located,on West Main that was .'formerly used ".as .an automobile repair" shop. .'•'• ..-; Cauttrell, who- is'ifrom Witchita, Kan., taught a similar course .last year in the-Butler County Junior College .in' El Dorado; Kan., and, in addition, has -some 17 years;experience as an auto body repair man and a.mechanic. '••'". Of the school .Cautrell. says, "These boys have the best op- portunity'of any in ithe United States to; learn a trade. ''Here they will'learn metal straightening, lead, work, and repainting, and, as far as'oper- ations go, the class will:be conducted just the same as any other auto body repair shop," Cauttrell continued. • "The automobiles on which the students will practice their acquired knowledge'' w } 1 1 their own" cars, and those from Students attending the Vo-Tech school in Burdetie. "No item will; ba'produced here or work performed vrfiich will enter the commercial mar- kef,"" ; he added... John Rapert,. assistant Vo- Tech director, said 'the reason the class was "started was that "there is. a big demand throughout the country:.for individuals who .can perform tfiis type .of-wbrk. •'•• - -'• "This demand : was determined :from a. survey. made. by the local ESD,'- off ice •• which - questioned employers'from this area. "These:.employers "stressed flie' fact that/there was a-shortage of automobile-body; repairmen and -have said, in letters filed in the'state! off ice. jn Little Rock, that a need exists for trained:workers';,to fill positions now vacant," Rapert. said. >-'Once vwe : -' proved the exis- tence of the demand, through the help of the BSD, we could then apply to the government for federal'funds with .which to begin and operate the school. "Our budget,". he continued, "amounts to 1 $54,787 and this will allow us to operate until the conclusion of the 37-week course. - •• * * * • ' 'For this particular class we have 20 students who will receive $37,000 of this amount through the BSD to 'be used as a non-taxable subsistence allowance as long as. they are enrolled in the course and making , satisfactory progress,'' Rapert said. . . '."The other $17,787 will be spent'by the 'Arkansas Department of 'Education to provide us with equipment s u c h as training.aids and tools, rent on the building, "and instructor's salaries. "The students are hot entitled to draw unemployment compensation while they are being retrained, so ! there; are no state funds involved; "All the applicants for the course were unemployed' persons who were carefully screened and tested by the BSD, before 'they were recommended to us for acceptance as students'. The whole idea of the school Rapert sa'id, "is to train, an unemployed; person so. that'he can become an employable, taxpaying' individual and •-' from these taxes the : government reasons that .it. is reimbursed for its investment in .federal pro- grams'.of'this-type. "Upon completion of the course, the-BSD will forward follo.w-up 'reports on all of the graduates to-the federal government, to show .if itiey have become employed," Rapert said. "If the reports reflect that the school has been successful," :he added, ."then another course eari.be:planned and more .money can be requested." •."•.*.' •'*•*. "Cauttrell mentioned that h e felt that- ; some of the students enrolled -might not.compieit. the course, "but .this.is not .unusual^ because in my education al program there are always a few who fail to'make the jrade. "Of course we are still optimistic that all will finish because these s t u d • n t s have shown a real desire to learn what is being taught," Cauttrell said. * * V "The class meets eight hour's a day, five days a week, and ;heir training is divided into one hour of lecture a day with >even hours of practical shop work," he said. Cauttrell said that "The text for the course is entitled 'Automotive Collision. Work' and is oeing used as a study guide prior to the practical application of what is discussed in the classroom. : When this course, is completed, the students will be. qualified in automobile body and 'ehder repair work and designated as an apprentice,", Caut- ;rell said. '.'Once they, are employed, then they can gain even more experience and, at'the end of irpm two to five years as'an apprentice, depending on how quickly they learn the short cuts and progress, .they,can become journeymen. : A11 of this will have been made possible because the government, through the Manpower Developmnt and Training Act, has enabled schools like his to be established," Cautrell said. . Mother's Own Ring 'Sting Symbol of Family love! This lovely ring of !4K gold will be cherished forever by mothers!-Each member of tba family is represented by colorful synthetic birthstones. WrHirtree S 1Q 95 birthstones • ** Each additional stone $5 CHARGE IT! 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Created under the auspices of the federal Manpower Development, and Training Act,. this school lasts 37 weeks and following completion of training, graduates will be qualified to work as apprentices in their new trade. (Courier News Photo) Readers of the first Encyclo- paedia Britannica 200 years ago were advised 1 to cure a cold by "lying in bed!' and drinking warm spirits, a small fishing village called Lutetla. ~ itfi The sprlngtail*. a clasg of wingless insects, are able to fly. The sperm whale producecr ambergris, . v i —COME IN TODAY!— Agreeing-wholeheartedly with Cauttrell, Rapert said in closing; that "this act, in my opinion,, is one of the best pro- grams supported by the federal government, and I hope that more schools of this type can be conducted in the future.". 54 TO s r.° STORES CARNATION CORSAGES 'Orders Taken How" EASTER SPECIALS! 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