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Weld County teens can get summer employment help with this year’s Governor’s Summer Job Hunt

Katarina Velazquez
kvelazquez@greeleytribune.com

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced the start of the 2017 Governor's Summer Job Hunt today, which is a program that helps connect thousands of high school and college students across the state with employment opportunities, including in the Weld County area.

According to a news release, the program is administered by state and county-run Workforce Centers across Colorado, and it connects young people with employers willing to give them a chance to learn, put their skills to use and see firsthand how a business operates. This year marks the 37th year for the program.

Employment Services of Weld County offers assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help youth gain a competitive edge in their job hunt. The office also has access to a wealth of job listings and employees contact local employers urging them to give teen job seekers a chance, the release stated.

Even in a strong economy, according to the release, teens often struggle to get the work experience they need. For young people between 16 and 19 years old, the 2016 average unemployment rate was 13 percent.

This past summer, Employment Services of Weld County helped 3,175 teens. Statewide, nearly 47,000 high school and college students received assistance, according to the news release.

"It's one thing to tell young people the value of knowing how to spell or do simple math, but it's something else for them to recognize how important it is to get it right when they're preparing a letter for work or having to make change," said program administrator Steve Wright in the release. "It makes the classroom learning real."

For more

Summer job seekers and employers can find more information about the free service through the 2017 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt by calling (970) 353-3800 or going to the Employment Services of Weld County in Greeley, 315 N. 11th Ave., Building B. For the Fort Lupton location, call (970) 353-3800 ext. 5890, or go to 2950 9th St., in Fort Lupton. Teens can also do a self-directed job search by registering at connectingcolorado.com.

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