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April 08, 2009
Gwinnett Tech is Summer Job Match Maker
GTC is Pairing Youth Workers with Local Businesses for Summer Jobs Program
Gwinnett Technical College is looking for eligible young workers and willing local companies to pair up in its Summer Jobs for Youth Program – a "win-win" opportunity for both. The young workers will gain a summer job and participating companies will receive eight weeks of help at no cost – the youth wages are paid through a federal grant.
Gwinnett Tech's Great Days of Summer will match potential workers, ages 14 – 24 with low family income who are legally eligible to work, with local businesses, government organizations and non-profits that can offer work opportunities for up to 39 hours per week for eight weeks. The wages will be paid through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission/ Atlanta Regional Workforce Board (ARC/ARWB).
The summer job program will be an extension of the college's Gwinnett Advancement Program (GAP), which helps disadvantaged teens earn their GED and provides career counseling.
"This is a great program for those involved and for the community. We'll be providing jobs and teaching work skills to young people in need, while local businesses and community organizations will have some extra help during the summer – at no cost or liability to their company," explains Lakeisha Hull, Gwinnett Tech GAP Director. "It's especially attractive to non-profit and charitable organizations who could not otherwise hire summer help."
Work completed by the youths should be beneficial to the community and provide a valuable work experience. Great Days of Summer/ARC will pay wages and workman's compensation for the employees; no costs or liability will be incurred by participating employers. The youth workers will attend work readiness preparation courses and be properly screened before they are allowed on the worksite. Participating companies are responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the employee, mentorship and work place training.
Eligible youth workers will receive minimum wage, or the wage equivalent to what an employee with the same experience would be paid, and gain valuable work experience.
A career advisor is available to provide guidance to both the employers and the youth workers.
Applications are currently being accepted for both youth employees and host companies. Opportunities are limited, so early application is encouraged. To apply, contact Lakeisha Hull, Gwinnett Tech, 678-226-6615. For more information on the Great Days of Summer job program, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/summerjobs.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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