Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on July 28, 1968 · 115
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, JULY 28, 1968 SC Section 10 - 5 Gas Station Training Center Moves; Lack of Trainees a Major Problem Tn a move to cut costs and streamline the program, the Cook county schools will move their training center for gas station attendants into Chicago Thursday. The center, a training site located in Justice southwest of the city, will be moved to Archer avenue and Throop street. It provides trainees with practical experience in service station operation. The schools also operate two classroom centers in connection with the same program. They are at 1310 Roosevelt rd. and 6317 Maryland av. and will not be moved. Aid Recipients Learn Skill The county schools have operated the center since last December as a means of teaching a skill to public aid recipients so that they can find . jobs. In the long run, the plan, like other job training programs of the county schools, is expected to reduce welfare ' rolls. ; Arnold P. Jones Jr., assistant superintendent of Cook County ,' schools, said the trainees transportation expenses are paid by the schools and will be . lower when the new site is used. The new site also provides more efficient teaching facilities, he said. Trainees are referred to the schools thru the Cook county department of public aid, operator of the program until last December. Applicants must be public aid recipients with no health problems and must be at least 21 years old. 5th Grade Literacy Required Before they are accepted for training, the applicants must pass a 5th grade literacy test and a mechanical aptitude test. But, Jones said, "We are not training these men to be mechanics. That takes much longer." Applicants need not necessarily be men, Jones said, but so far only men have applied. There have been women trainees in the county schools' similar program for cab drivers, however. Most of the trainees are family men, Jones said, tho . - v Jit K zr ,f .' ; pssig&!04m6M5fe KM' V' TUNE IN ON TUNE-UP John Hudson (second from left), director of the Cook county schools' program for training gas station attendants, demonstrates with Ted No-wotnik (center), 702 Buckingham pi., a device used in tuning engines. Trainees are (from left) Joe Robinson, 1920 Washington St.; Richard Jordan, 2730 State St.; and Joseph Donaldson, 5266 State st. TRIBUNE Staff Photo their ages vary widely. Most live in Chicago. Shell Aids Program During their five weeks of training, which is given by Shell Oil company on both company and school property, the men study motor oils, salesmanship, lubrication room operation, credit card procedure, TBA tires, batteries, accessories, price sheets, bookkeeping, appearance and display, motor tuneups and cooling system care. They also review their basic education and take daily arithmetic and spelling tests. Jones said he is trying to compile figures on how much the men improve their financial position thru the program. The answer is difficult to find, he said, because the dealer-fran chise system means that different dealers may offer different starting pay, and because the attendant might receive public aid even after he gets his job. '"Say an individual has a family of 10," Jones said. "Employment may not take him off public aid, but it may reduce h i s allowance considerably." Trainees Hard to Find The biggest problem with the program, Jones said, is that trainees are hard to find. Only 44 men have completed the training since the county schools took it over eight months ago, altho, in Jones' words, "We could have handled at least five times as many." "We try to recruit." he said, "but we are limited by state and federal regulations as to the type of student we can take. Lots of people are hard-core I unemployed or are under-; employed, but they are not on j public aid. We can't train them. "Referrals come from the department of public aid, but they haven't been coming in as we wished. We have difficulty in getting people into the program, and it isn't just our problem. At least eight other government agencies have the same problem. "We had originally hoped to help the trainees obatin loans thru the small business administration to win franchises and set up service stations of their own. This has not been successful so far, but I'm giving it another long, hard look now," Jones said. RESOLVE CONFLICT WITH RANGERS Youth Center to Continue Program Hyde Park-Kenwood's sum- ter because of what they called on an individual basis, Brin mer youth program will con- interference from the Black- said. The project is sponsored tinue in the St. Paul center fol- stone Rangers, but postponed by various religious and so-lowing a misunderstanding ma action until a meeting cjaj organizations in the com-with the Blackstone Rangers. Wlth the Rogers, he said. munities. Leaders of St. Paul Episco- Provides Summer Activities The controversy between the pal church, 4945 Dorchester st. Paul's is one of three Rangers and program leaders av., and the Coordinated Youth facilities used to provide teen- came after youths at the cen-Program for Hyde Park-Ken- agers with summer activities, ter said the Rangers were in-wood recently decided to con- Members are charged a $1 fee terfering with projects. The tinue operating the center, fr the season and accepted Rangers thought the center at Phillip Brin, vice chairman of the program, said. The groups previously discussed discontinuing the cen- School Gift Used for Student Aid A recent $3,500 gift to For-restville High school, 4401 St. Lawrence av., will be applied to three programs designed to encourage and aid students to pursue a college education, said Jack Mitchell, school principal. Part of the money will be used for a scholarship assistance fund. "We helped students enter college," Mitchell said, "and we should help them stay in." In most cases, however, the Forrestville aid will supplement scholarships from other institutions, he said. The grant also will provide counseling facilities to interest students in further training or education. Expanding present guidance services, the school will administer more tests to determine students' academic and vocational preferences Mitchell said. It also will offer more placement counseling. Also, a greater number of trips to college campuses will be available. Mitchell said ' Forrestville students have traveled to colleges in Florida and that this year's program will include more institutions. A nine-member committee, composed of teachers, parents, and graduating seniors, deter-: mined the allocation of funds j July 17, after the school j received the grant from a j private donor. ; K if ! ' 't i , v -l J iMfHf TBI if iMWil J, ill nil 'i II nii I iM TRIBUNE Staff Photo AFRICAN ARTIFACT Fidepe Hammurabi, director of the House of African Studies, displays a wooden mask with Toine Stevens. 10, of 4022 S. State st., as the model. Hammurabi was appearing at an Afro-American culture exposition at McCorkle Elementary school, 4021 S. State st. St. Paul's was exclusively for them, Brin said. A youth program steering committee met with Jeff Fort, the Rangers' deputy chief, and other Rangers to discuss the organization, Brin said. Rangers agreed the center should be open to any youth on an individual basis and not as a member of a group, he said. St. Paul's merged with the Church of the Redeemer, 56th street and Blackstone avenue, earlier this year, but closed it down last month because of vandalism. Redeemer also was planned as a youth center. Receives Donations Brin said the program has 12 paid staff members and 20 volunteer adults to supervise the youths. 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