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    Stripes to Deliver Hometown Job Experience

    The three-week training sessions will provide 200-plus local participants with employment, customer service, math and interview skills.

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Approximately 235 residents here will receive free retail and employment training from a variety of local agencies, including Susser Holdings Corp.'s Stripes convenience stores, as part of a $379,942 grant given by the Texas Workforce Commission, the Caller-Times reported.

    The grant was presented last week to the Self-Sufficiency Offers Advancement & Rewards (SSOAR) program, which assists people receiving welfare or aid from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, as well as those who are disabled or homeless, the newspaper stated. SSOAR's Self-Sufficiency Fund, along with Stripes c-stores, Goodwill Industries of South Texas, Del Mar College and WorkSource of the Coastal Bend, have joined to create three-week training sessions taking place throughout the year to give those in need job experience, according to the report.

    During the three-week sessions, residents will receive employment training, learn basic math, customer service and computer skills, and instruction on how to prepare for an interview, the newspaper reported.

    "After the individuals have received training, they will be placed at a Stripes convenience store as either a full-time or part-time employee," Tess Castilleja, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries, told the newspaper.

    The first program of 16 to 18 individuals is expected to begin March 17, with 20 additional sessions to be held during 2008, for a total of 235 participants, the Caller-Times reported.

    "We are looking for people who really want to better their situation and are serious about the training," said Rachel Loera, Goodwill's vice president of workforce development.

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