CITY TERRACE : Service Program Aids Adult School

Garfield Community Adult School will be one of several training sites in Los Angeles for AmeriCorps, President Clinton's national service program, which pays for college tuition in exchange for community service.

The school is accepting applications for eight AmeriCorps participants who will work in the school's Child Development Center.

Parents enrolled in the adult school for job training or to complete their high school diplomas can enroll their 2- to 5-year-old children at the center. The center runs a program for parents and children to learn together during playtime and lunch.

"It's exciting," said Principal Dolores Diaz-Carrey. "We will be able to staff the three rooms in the child-care center with one or two of the other aides and have at least three or four adults in the classroom."

The school would not have been able to hire the additional staff without AmeriCorps, which awarded the school $80,000 to run the program beginning Sept. 12, Diaz-Carrey said.

Members selected for the positions will receive insurance coverage and minimum wage, about $170 for a 40-hour work week, which includes 30 hours of work in the center and 10 hours of instruction. After 1,700 hours, or about 43 weeks, they will receive $4,725, which will be paid to a college or vocational program.

Applicants may apply at the Garfield Community Adult School, 831 N. Bonnie Beach Place before Friday or call (213) 264-4057 or (800) 94A-CORPS.

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