Probe: February 13, 2001

February 13, 2001

QUESTION: Recently I attended a "job seminar" at an El Centro restaurant. It cost $5 to attend.

The seminar was billed as an opportunity to get federal jobs.

After a two-hour sales spiel they offered us a deal if we paid $600. I was unsure what we would get for the money so I didn't buy.

Are these seminars legitimate? There are not many good jobs in the Valley. How do I get one? — Disappointed, Imperial

There are some good jobs here but getting a list of the jobs won't put you on the payroll. You need the skills to qualify.


You told us you are nearing completion of your associate's degree at Imperial Valley College. That will put you ahead of the folks with only a high school diploma.

Keep moving. A bachelor's degree is only two years away. Two or three years from now you will be two or three years older. You might as well have your B.A.

In the meantime, stop by the One-Stop Job Services office (Office of Employment Training) 2995 S. 4th St., El Centro. You can apply for job training or browse through the job listings.

You'll find county, state and federal jobs posted, said Carlos Contreras, interim assistant director.

The office offers workshops. One upcoming workshop will show you how to fill out a job application.

Customer-service assistants will work with your other needs, which might include job training. The Regional Occupational Program will offer training in specific jobs.

QUESTION: I grew up in Imperial and I love history. There's history in the old Imperial cemetery that I think we should protect.

When I saw a fallen tombstone I put it back up. The other day I saw another fallen stone but it was too big to lift back onto its base.

It was the tombstone for Grace Adams, "born Aug. 30, 1877, died May 20, 1903, wife of James Adams." She was mentioned in the book "The First Thirty Years."

Her stone was the first cemetery monument in Imperial County. Until then there were only wooden markers.

I would put up the stone myself but it's too heavy. Do you think you could find four strong men who could help me put it back? — Cemetery Buff, Imperial

You're right. That is a big stone. Otis Tout described it in "The First Thirty Years" as a five-foot shaft of granite.

Dennis Jones, manager of the Central Valley Cemetery District, said he would send somebody with equipment to the cemetery to help you. Call him at 352-1468.

The Imperial Cemetery, Terrace Park in Holtville and Evergreen in El Centro make up the cemetery district.

ALL FALL DOWN — It was me who asked for help the last time Rosie was in PROBE. I am glad to return the favor.

Rosie O'Donnell is still on KTLA-Los Angeles, Channel 6 on our local cable system, but at a different time. She moved from 11:30 p.m. to midnight.

If you plan to record the show, set your VCR timer at 11:59 p.m. to 1 a.m. so you will get the show Friday night. Your VCR will read Friday (midnight) as 12 a.m. Saturday morning. — A loyal fan, El Centro

Thanks for the tip.

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