Career exploration and on-the-job training for students

Haley Wiseman (left) and McKale Losey fold fitted sheets at Holiday Inn Express in Athens.
Haley Wiseman (left) and McKale Losey fold fitted sheets at Holiday Inn Express in Athens. Photo by John Halley for The Athens Messenger.

Having a summer job is a part of life for most teenagers, and it’s no different for the 21 students working through PersonnelPlus’ Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program, split up into two areas, career exploration for younger students, and on-the-job experience for older ones, lets high schoolers job shadow, learn interview skills, and build their resume, PersonnelPlus Transition Coordinator Jordan Pepper said.

Students are paid minimum wage — $8.10, which is funded by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Public and Private Partnership, and work 20 hours each week during a portion of their program, lasting five weeks, Pepper said.

“We feel that this program helps students with disabilities gain valuable work experience that will lead to successful employment in Athens County later on,” said Doug Mitchell, PersonnelPlus Director. “Furthermore, because these students are paid, money is returned back into the local economy as many of these individuals buy goods and services, which have in the past, translated to buying school clothes and supplies.”

Read the rest of the story in The Athens Messenger.

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