Will County to sponsor youth employment initiative
October 11, 2012 2:06PM
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:46PM
The Workforce Services Division of Will County is offering Connect 2 Employment, a program designed to help residents ages 17 to 21 earn a GED while developing skills to find a job.
Will County executive Larry Walsh oversees the Workforce Services Division and encourages residents in this age group to take advantage of the service.
“The Connect 2 Employment program is specially designed to accommodate the needs of some of our younger residents,” Walsh said. “The program gives them the opportunity to become fully prepared to compete in today’s job market. I am proud Will County is able to assist any of our residents in their employment search.”
Known as C2E, the program is available year-round so young people can get started anytime and receive assistance in preparing for their GED, academic tutoring, developing employment readiness skills and job placement.
The program is available at no cost to Will County residents who meet income guidelines and other grant requirements.
Avis Hamilton has worked with young people for 30 years and now serves as one of Will County’s C2E advisors. She said the program offers alternatives to young residents seeking good jobs.
“Our young people are the future of our country, and it is important to invest in their education and training,” Hamilton said. “An education is the most valuable qualification anyone can have when looking for a job. The C2E program is successful because it allows students to prepare for the GED while learning a job skill by working in an internship.”
Information: (815) 727-4444 or www.jobs4people.org.
Provided to the SouthtownStar