UCHRA looking to offer summer employment

The semester is almost over, and the time for getting that summer job is quickly approaching.It may be a little more difficult to find a summer job in Cookeville this year with various layoffs and Putnam county’s unemployment rate of 9.4%. But Pat Callahan, UCHRA Employment and Training director, said that UCHRA may just be the place to find a summer job.

As part of the $2.4 million federal economic stimulus package, the UCHRA is sponsoring a six-week work experience program for eligible youth ages 14 to 24. The Summer Youth Program helps participants earn money and improve employability skills. The youth will be working 30 hours per week and paid $7.15 per hour.

“We’re looking forward to a good summer with this program,” Callahan said.

The program will provide an opportunity for individuals to make money as well as to learn good work ethics.

“In past years we would get letters back from students telling how they spent the money,” Callahan said. “This gets money back into the economy.”

The program is set to start June 8 and end July 17. However, some jobs may be available May 1 through September 30.

The jobs available through the program include: building maintenance, grounds-keeping, school/transportation garages, cashier, stock clerk, office assistant, custodial, educational assistant and State Park workers. Participants will work with contractors such as TTU, area Tennessee Technology Centers, and area boards of education. The jobs available also vary within each county.

To apply for the Summer Youth Program, visit your local-county UCHRA or call 931-528-1127. Applicants will need two forms of identification, statement showing family income and, if applicable, proof of disability or food stamp reception.