Stu­dent work pro­gram seeks re­fer­rals

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Takia Clarke, a ris­ing sopho­more at East­side High School, and Da­madray Brun­son, a re­cent grad­u­ate, spent five weeks this sum­mer learn­ing about the work­force as part of the Work­force In­vest­ment Act ( WIA) In- School Youth Pro­gram. Work­ing as aides at the New­ton County Li­brary gave them prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in in­ter­act­ing with the pub­lic and with co­work­ers.

Ad­min­is­tered by the North­east Ge­or­gia Re­gional Com­mis­sion un­der the over­sight of the North­east Ge­or­gia Work­force In­vest­ment Board, the pro­gram is open to stu­dents in Bar­row, Clarke, El­bert, Greene, Jack­son, Jasper, Madi­son, Mor­gan, New­ton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Wal­ton coun­ties. Par­tic­i­pants must meet in­come el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments and have

Da­madray Brun­son, a re­cent East­side grad­u­ate, and East­side sopho­more Takia Clarke spent five weeks in­volved in the Work­force In­vest­ment Act In-School Youth Pro­gram. at least one other chal­lenge, such as not be­ing on sched­ule to grad­u­ate on time or be­ing ba­sic- skills de­fi­cient.

Through­out the 12- county area, some 172 young par­tic­i­pants worked in lo­cal govern­ment, non- profit agen­cies and some pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses this sum­mer. Work­ing for up to five weeks and up to 30 hours per week, they were paid min­i­mum wage through the WIA.

The pro­gram, ad­min­is­tered by Ac­tion, Inc., con­tin­ues through­out the school year as stu­dents work with case man­agers who en­sure they are on track with grades, at­ten­dance and be­hav­ior at school.

The stu­dents also at­tend work­shops on money man­age­ment, lead­er­ship, work skills and ca­reer path­ways.

The WIA is ac­cept­ing re­fer­rals for its fall pro­gram.

For more de­tails, con­tact the North­east Ge­or­gia Re­gional Com­mis­sion’s Work­force De­vel­op­ment di­vi­sion at ( 706) 369- 5703.

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