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Governor’s Summer Job Hunt kicks off 34th year

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Each year, Colorado's longest running and most successful youth employment program helps tens of thousands of young people prepare for the uncharted territory of a first summer job.

Since 1981, the Governor's Summer Job Hunt program has connected high school and college students with Colorado employers willing to give them a chance to learn, put skills to use and see firsthand how a business operates.

"The program has a proven track record," says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek. "The Governor's Summer Job Hunt has assisted more than half a million teens in the last three decades and this summer, professionals at our Granby Workforce Center are ready to work with another generation of young job seekers."

There are a lot of things a young person needs to learn in order to be successful and the Granby Workforce Center staff provide assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt. Their commitment is to teach the youngest job seekers how to be successful, how to establish a solid work ethic and how to build the groundwork to their future careers.

Community-minded businesses are the real lifeblood of the program. "The best employers understand that giving a young person a summer job is an investment in tomorrow's workforce," Golombek stresses. "It's one thing to tell young people the value of knowing how to spell or do simple math, but it's something else for them to recognize how important it is to get it right when they're preparing a letter for work or having to make change. It makes the classroom learning real."

For young people who are comfortable in marketing themselves to employers or want to do a self-directed job search, Workforce Centers offer an online job bank called Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com). For teens who would like some help in their job search and for employers who would like more information about the Governor's Summer Job Hunt, staff at the Granby Workforce Center are ready to assist. The Granby Workforce Center is at 469 East Topaz and can be reached at 970- 887-1857. For a complete list of all Workforce Centers in Northwest Colorado go http://www.colorado.gov/cdcle/wfc.

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