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Orleans County seeks qualified participants for summer youth employment program

Staff Reports Posted 21 April 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Orleans County Job Development Agency is continuing a summer work program for people between the ages of 16 and 24, a program the county has been running the past 40 years.

The initiative places qualified participants in private and government positions for summer work experience. The Job Development Agency is accepting applications for this subsidized employment program. Participants must fall under income and other eligibility guidelines.

More than 30 local businesses and government agencies are partners in the employment program, including The Arc of Orleans, Arnold’s Auto Parts, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Olde Dogge Inn, Kendall Highway Department, Shelridge Country Club, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Cobblestone Country FCU, and many others.

“Our staff observed (our 2014 youth employee) grow in people- and time-management skills and she was successful in finding a job in her career field of choice after the program,” said Jennifer Wagester, program director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension. “We look forward to hosting another youth employee this year.”

Job Development is proud to assist in the employment of 30 to 40 young men and women, each of whom benefit not only from the job opportunity, but also from the comprehensive experience, which includes career exploration, financial literacy, leadership development and many other complementary program components and supportive services.

“The work program is a good fit for both us as the employer and the participant,” said Daniel DeCarlo of Arnold’s Auto Parts in Albion. “The young man we have now is a good worker and a pleasure to be around. We are able to give him more job duties every week.”

For more information or to request an application, contact Job Development at 585-589-2822 or 589-2823. Applications are available at Orleans County high school guidance offices and at the Job Development office in the County Administration Building, 14016 Route 31 West, Albion (across from DMV).

A downloadable pdf of the application and a list of required documents are available at orleansny.com. Also, Job Development will be on hand for Community Action’s Annual Community Job Fair on Friday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion.