Missouri Job Center News Releases

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Second annual Missouri Summer Jobs Program provides work experiences for Ozarks youth



Preferred Family Healthcare and the Missouri Job Center are preparing for the second annual Missouri Summer Jobs Program, an initiative providing Missouri's youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to prepare for tomorrow's careers.

Young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 must meet eligibility requirements in order to participate. Once accepted into the program, 115 participants will work up to a total of 240 hours at a pay rate of $8.50 per hour. Enrollment begins May 1, and the program will extend until Oct. 1.

"The Missouri Summer Jobs Program is a great opportunity for young adults to gain real world work experience. Youth are able to gain exposure within an industry of choice to develop a potential career pathway," says Youth Program Coordinator Kris Hollenbeck.

Businesses who participate in the program can connect with qualified candidates that have completed workforce development skills training for no cost and no workers’ compensation responsibilities. The Missouri Summer Jobs Program is currently creating partnerships with area employers.

Preferred Family Healthcare has several locations throughout the state that help connect job seekers and employers to create life changing opportunities for individuals with disabilities, youth transitioning from school to work, and adults looking to change careers.

Preferred Family Healthcare currently provides services to low-income youth in the Ozarks at their office at the Missouri Job Center, in conjunction with the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development.

Potential employers or participants interested in the Missouri Summer Jobs Program or Youth Program may contact Kris Hollenbeck with Preferred Family Healthcare at the Missouri Job Center at 417-841-3325 or khollenbeck@springfieldmo.gov.

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