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Program brings summer work for area youth

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By Sharon Graves

The News-Democrat

Summer jobs for youth in Carroll County are available through a new program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the federal stimulus package.

Applications for the jobs for residents ages 16-24 are available at the Jobs for America’s Graduates office in the Jefferson Community and Technical College and at Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson’s office on the second floor of the courthouse.

Those interested should pick up an application at the college or county judge’s office and get them turned in as soon as possible, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson explained that there is a family income criterion that must be met, and that range is from low to moderate income levels.  

Applicants will need to verify parental income with a pay stub, and applicants must have a social security card, a valid drivers license or a state issued I.D. card. If a male applicant is over 18 they must be registered with selective service Tomlinson said.  

He said that the jobs pay minimum wage, which is currently $6.55 an hour, and will be paid weekly. Selected applicants can expect to work 30 to 40 hours per week.

Those accepting positions could be assigned to pick up trash, work in an office or bus tables at General Butler State Park, but they will not be able to work at a golf course or a pool, Tomlinson explained.

 “It’s nice for young people to get experience in the real world,” Becky Reynolds, Job Specialist with the JAG program said.  “It will show them what an employer expects of them and it also gives them confidence.”

“This is a good opportunity to put our youth to work and teach responsibility,” Tomlinson said.  “I would like to put at least 20 [Carroll County residents] to work.  This gives a young person a chance to impress someone.”