SWGA-WIB funds youth services

Published 4:42 pm Friday, June 19, 2009

The Southwest Georgia Area Workforce Investment Board (SWGA-WIB) announced it will receive $1.8 million in funds for youth services as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus initiative.

The funds will be used to provide summer work-experience to eligible youth, ages 14-24, in the following counties served by the SWGA-WIB: Seminole, Decatur, Early, Miller, Calhoun, Terrell, Lee, Doughtery, Baker, Mitchell, Grady, Worth, Colquitt and Thomas.

The additional funding will allow SWGA-WIB to target industries under the Georgia Department of Labor’s 2009 Summer Training and Employment Program-Unlimited Potential (called STEPUP for short). The program design provides career awareness and work experience in “Green Jobs,” focusing on science, technology, energy and professionalism.

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Executive Director Chuck Fields said, “I am excited about the opportunity to offer youth a viable summer work-experience that will have region-wide economic impact.”

Youth interested in applying for summer jobs should visit www.swgaarra.org Web site to locate where to obtain an application.