FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            MARCH 4, 2003

CONTACT:    Kim Davis                 KIMANDCOMPANY COMMUNICATIONS                        (334) 409 9555


Thousands of applications were filed during the initial enrollment for production line workers and maintenance technicians for the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) plant near Montgomery.  Requests for applications must be postmarked on or before March 23, 2003. 

MONTGOMERY—“We’re here to help the Montgomery community successfully complete the automotive application process for Hyundai and its major suppliers”. With that mission in mind, the Central Alabama Training and Education Coalition consisting of the Central Alabama OIC, Job Corp of Montgomery and Trenholm State Technical College, announced today plans to conduct a special 2-week automotive application information and education workshop in the Montgomery area beginning, Saturday, March 8, 2003 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at area YMCA’s.  All Central Alabama YMCA’s, including facilities in Montgomery, Wetumpka, Greenville, Millbrook, and Tuskegee, are participating in the workshops.

 Trenholm Tech State Technical College is hosting the workshops during the week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting this Monday, March 10th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm and ending on March 21st.  Both campuses, Trenholm and Patterson will conduct the workshops in their Student Centers, Building, D.  All workshops are free and open to the public.

 The Central Alabama Training and Education Coalition has organized trainers and volunteers who will conduct a hands-on workshop, showing interested participants the simple ABC’s of filling out an application.  Those who participate will be given sample applications used in the automotive industry.  They will also learn the basics of resume writing. 

“We are taking a proactive role in assisting applicants throughout the community who may not fully understand how to successfully complete the automotive application,” says Trenholm Tech president Dr. Anthony Molina.  “We want to simplify the process and make it uncomplicated for applicants to be given a fair chance at getting to the next level with Hyundai and its major suppliers.”

 The Alabama State Employment Service had to disqualify hundreds of applications because of errors.  Applicants however, can re-apply if they have not received written notice from ASES about the status of their application.

 “This is an important step in someone’s desire to work for a major automotive company.  The applicant may not have understood some aspects of the application that led to it being disqualified.  We believe that by taking a hands on approach to educating and informing a potential hire, that person stands a good chance of getting his application reviewed and considered for training,” says Dr. Molina.

 The Central Alabama YMCA’s hosting the automotive application information workshop include:

  • Downtown YMCA, 761 S. Perry St., Montgomery

  • Kershaw YMCA, 2229 W. Fairview Avenue, Montgomery

  • East YMCA, 34 Pelzer Ave., Montgomery

  • Bell Road YMCA, 2435 Bell Road, Montgomery

  • Cleveland Avenue YMCA, 1201 Rosa Parks, Montgomery

  • Southeast YMCA, 3455 Carter Hill Rd., Montgomery

  • Wetumpka YMCA, 200 Red Eagle Drive, Wetumpka

  • Tuskegee YMCA 1103 Azant St., Tuskegee

  • Greenville YMCA, 1016 East Commerce St., Greenville

  • Camp Grandview, 4700 Camp Grandview, Millbrook