Pima County preparing to put young people to work this summerby Pima County News on Jan. 10, 2012, under Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
If you’re between the ages of 14 and 21 and want to work this summer, the Pima County One-Stop Career Center’s Summer Youth Program will begin accepting applications on Jan. 27.
Last summer, more than 1,400 young people in Pima County earned minimum wage and gained valuable experience while working for Pima County, the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona and dozens of participating local businesses.
The jobs they performed included administrative support, clerk, child care aide, recreation aide, library page, patient care technician, discovery guide at the Children’s Museum and surgery tech trainee at Pima Animal Care Center.
Starting Jan. 27, apply online at https://secure.pima.gov/summeryouth or pick up an application form at a local high school, community center or library. The application deadline is March 16.
The county received about 3,900 applications last year, said Dana Katbah, program manager. Program participants are selected based on their applications, assessment scores and work interests.
Participants attend a one-day “employability skills” workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations, before they go to work.
Diana Guerrero, a senior at Cholla High School, worked last summer in the office of Road Machinery LLC, a company that sells, rents and services heavy equipment for use in construction, mining, forestry, milling and other industries.
“I gained a lot of skills for my future jobs,” Guerrero said. “I will be able to list this as valuable work experience on my résumé and applications for future jobs. I learned real world work ethics that will also be helpful in my future job search.”
The Summer Youth Program also includes basic education, in which young people can earn elective high school credits through learning in math, reading and writing.
For more information, contact Dana Katbah at Dana.Katbah@pima.gov or call 798-0500.