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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
Jobs For Progress: Minority Highway Contracting And S.E.R. Jobs For Progress Inc.
Program #
1977-14
Themes:
Politics, Society

Series:
Business
Host:
Alejandro Saenz
Guest:
George Gomez
Date:
Mar 22, 1977

Jobs for Progress: Minority Highway Contracting and S.E.R. Jobs for Progress Inc.

Host Alejandro Saenz interviews George Gomez, the program coordinator for the SER Minority Highway Contractors division. SER seeks to provide Mexicans with the skills needed to compete for various state and federal jobs. The GI Forum and LULAC organized SER in the mid-sixties in Houston, as an experimental project to train and develop Mexican workers to meet the manpower needs of the United States. The program, which has spread throughout the Southwest, provides various opportunities for workers to received special training and basic education.

At the time of the interview, SER had three main projects: developing Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, creating a job bank for paraprofessional minority employees, and helping minority contractors qualify to bid on highway projects. To do this, the organization works with several government agencies, including the Department of Commerce. The program recruits qualified applicants, assesses their skill or needs, provides training, and the follows up with them for at least a year. The job bank serves paraprofessionals who are looking for upward mobility in federal or state jobs. It prescreens individuals interested in certain jobs and then presents the employers with the most qualified applicants.

 

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