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San Diego Tribune Reports on CSLS Scholarship for local heroes

Free tuition offered to Kelly school heroes

By Aaron Burgin

Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.

SAN MARCOS — The Kelly Elementary School construction-worker heroes are going back to school, and the school is picking up the tab.

Carlos Partida, Eddie Dominguez, Steven Kane, Mario Contreras and Toby Wiest helped subdue Brendan Liam O’Rourke, who is accused of opening fire at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad in October, wounding two second-grade girls. The workers chased after him after he stopped to reload. Partida knocked him to the ground with a truck and helped hold him until police arrived.

Contreras suffered a broken hand when he punched O’Rourke.

Van Nuys-based Contractors State License Services, a private vocational school in San Marcos, is giving $1,000 scholarships to each man. The scholarships will pay for the workers to take one course, such as for contractor’s license examination preparation, blue print reading or contract estimating.

The school stepped in to offer the scholarships after learning about the heroics displayed by the workers, which garnered national attention. Days before the shooting, the school offered Victor Perez, a Fresno construction worker who rescued an 8-year-old girl who had been kidnapped, a similar scholarship.

“We were kind of on a hero thing,” Cyndi Beaver, the school’s marketing coordinator, said Thursday during a ceremony. “We just wanted to acknowledge our heroes in the construction industry.”

The timing of the scholarships couldn’t have been better, the men said. They are all currently unemployed. For most of them, the contract at Kelly Elementary, a renovation of the school’s kitchen, was their last job.

“We’re looking,” Partida said. “There’s just not much out there right now.”

Four of the five men said they would use the scholarship to get their Class B state contractor’s license, which would enable them to find more work or potentially start a business themselves.

The men say they have been overwhelmed by the adulation they have received.

“We still get the ‘you’re a hero’ response,” Kane said. “It’s been really nice.”


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Contractors State License Services has School Locations Near CSLB Testing Facilities

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CSLS has school locations conveniently located near each of the CSLB testing facilities. We can assist you with license exam preparation, live scan fingerprint services, bonding services, corporation set-ups and more. See our locations on www.MakeMeAContractor.com to connect with a License Consultant who can assist you with your licensing needs.

Testing facilities and times are assigned by the Contractors State License Board. Verify your scheduled testing facility on your Notification of Test Date letter you receive from the Board following acceptance of your test application.

CSLB Testing Facilities

1277 E Alluvial Avenue, Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93720

12501 East Imperial Hwy, Suite 630
Norwalk, CA 90650

1901 N Rice Avenue, Suite 210
Oxnard, CA 93036

San Bernardino
1845 Business Center Drive, Suite 214
San Bernardino, CA 92408

San Diego
9246 Lightwave Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

San Jose
100 Paseo De San Antonio, Suite 103
San Jose, CA 95113

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Sacramento, CA 95827