LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2001--More than 225minority college students are receiving paid, on-the-job training atseveral Southern California companies this summer with the help ofINROADS/Southern California, Inc., a Los Angeles-based nonprofitorganization.

For more than 30 years, INROADS has served to develop and placetalented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them forcorporate and community leadership. The nonprofit organization seeksto accomplish this by brokering internships with Fortune 500 companiesfor high-achieving minority students.

The students gain real world experience by participating in10-14-week-long summer internships over the course of their academiccareer that are designed to help ready them for careers aftergraduation. Among the organizations that have placed INROADS internsthis summer are City National Bank, Boeing, Kaiser, Bank of America,NISSAN, Ernst & Young, Robinson May, Chevron and Washington Mutual.

According to Alejandro Tovares, INROADS/Southern California, Inc.managing director, participation in the program allows corporatesponsors to demonstrate their commitment to promoting workforcediversity and make a long-term difference in the communities theyserve by providing career development to underserved youth.

Kate Dwyer, executive vice president of City National's HumanResources department, agrees with Tovares. She adds that her company'sparticipation during the past three years has been mutually beneficialto the bank and the students.

"The plan is to bring the students on board, and have them returnevery summer while they are in college," Dwyer said. "That way,they'll be familiar with the bank when they graduate, and those whoare interested in joining City National will gain an understanding ofour business and culture. But even those who don't come to work forCity National will be better prepared for their careers aftergraduation."

INROADS is a national career development organization withaffiliate offices in 50 cities across the country. It has been namedone of the Princeton Review's "Top 10 Internship Programs" in the U.S.

INROADS Southern California hosted more than 600 interns at theMarriott LAX on June 28 - July 1, 2001, for the Leadership DevelopmentInstitute. "The theme of the business conference is 'Learn Today LeadTomorrow,'" stated Alejandro Tovares, INROADS managing director.

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Alejandro Tovares, 562/777-1711, Ext. 213