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City Groups Band Together, Offer Teens Chance to Work

Posted: May 07, 2012

Local agencies, businesses and Manchester Community College are coming together and will offer city teens the chance to earn a paycheck this summer.

The Manchester Office of Youth Services, State Workforce Youth Council, NH Works, Manchester Community College and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce are launching the 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program on Monday [May 7th]. Mayor Ted Gatsas and other agencies involved are expected to announce the launch of the new program during a press conference at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

AutoFair, Southern New Hampshire Services and the Anagnost Companies are a few of the local businesses promising teens summer work upon completion of a four-week WorkReadyNH program at Manchester Community College.

The program offers skillbuilding lessons that students complete at their own pace, including training in a simulated work environment.

At the end of the program, students take a readiness exam. If they pass, they are granted the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate and are then referred to employers for paid employment for the rest of the summer.

The WorkKeys National Careers Readiness Certificate is an indicator that the job seeker has achieved sufficient skills to manage the tasks related to entry-level employment.

Graduates also will receive a certificate from Manchester Community College indicating they have completed the NCRC program, signaling to future employers that they have acquired valuable job skills and are ready to work.

The program is open to Manchester students age 16 and older. For additional information regarding the program or eligibility requirements, contact Carlos Agudelo at 624-6470 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Employers who would like to participate are asked to contact Will Stewart at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at 666-6600 ext. 107 or Agudelo.

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