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Walmart Foundation Supports National Latino Education Institute

Presents NLEI a $25,000 Grant for Workforce Development

Chicago, Ill., July 21, 2009 - The Chicago-area Walmart executives presented local nonprofit, National Latino Education Institute (NLEI), with a contribution of $25,000 on behalf of the Walmart Foundation in support of its innovative workforce development programs. NLEI was founded in 1972 on Chicago’s Southwest side as Spanish Coalition for Jobs. Since the beginning, NLEI has advocated for higher educational attainment for Latinos in order to effectively compete in the workforce.

“We value the Walmart Foundation’s partnership at a time when all nonprofits are being called upon to do so much more with less available,” Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director, stated. “Illinois’ unemployment rate is now over 10% with ethnic communities being disproportionately affected by this recession. We are preparing our community for careers in sectors that are still growing despite the downturn.”

“The Walmart Foundation’s investment will assist NLEI in providing valuable workforce education that empowers personal and professional growth positioning individuals on a path of economic self-sufficiency,” says Aranda-Suh.

The Walmart Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with NLEI. “One of our core values at Walmart is to help support job creation and job training, we are excited to support NLEI and all their programs that help Southside Latinos compete for good jobs in today’s economy,” added Rolando Rodriquez, vice president and regional general manager in Illinois for Walmart.

NLEI’s programs consistently meet the needs of business and community with quality education and career advancement– including nationally accredited programs in business, service, sales and healthcare. NLEI is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as a private business and vocational school. Vocational programs are accredited through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; the Bilingual Medical Assistant program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.