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Job Training Program at School Targets Unemployed Parents

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LAS VEGAS - The Caesars Foundation is pairing with a local elementary school to create a job training program that will help put unemployed parents to work.

The job training program is still in the planning stages at Walter Long Elementary School located on the east side of the Las Vegas valley. About 85 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunches and many of the parents are struggling to earn a living.

Educators say the job training program is desperately needed. Nine-year-old Yessica Gonzalez is one of the many kids affected by widespread unemployment across the valley.

"My mom doesn't have a job and since my dad is the only one working, we have a lot of trouble with money," she said.

Caesars Foundation is stepping in to create a long-lasting solution by offering job training courses to parents.

"I think our community is no different. You know, our parents need work and they saw a need and they're here to help us," Brooks said.

The training will teach parents how to fill out job applications and how to successfully interview. More than 60 percent of parents primarily speak Spanish. Those parents will receive tutoring to learn English.

"I think this is like an additional variable on a holistic view of what education could be," teacher Igancio Prado said.

After parents attend the classes, they will attend a hiring fare in April where they could get employment. School administrators are still working out the details with Caesars Foundation on what kinds of job opportunities will be provided for the parents. Most of the jobs will be at Caesars Entertainment properties.

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