Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FCWS Reports on Success of Summer Jobs Program

Frederick County Workforce Services recently released a report to showcase its 2009 Summer Jobs Program. The report includes position demographics and worksite information as well as program successes and outcomes.

As in previous years, the purpose of the Summer Jobs Program is to provide young adults who have barriers to employment with practical work experience that will result in valuable knowledge and marketable skills. The current unemployment rate for youth is 15.7% for those between the ages of 16 and 19.

Of the 155 youth who participated in the 2009 Summer Jobs Program, 94% completed the program successfully, with 83% earning an Outstanding Performance certificate.

This year, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds extended summer employment opportunities to an additional 53 participants. Through a partnership with Fort Detrick and NCI-Frederick, a number of these participants gained experience in high-growth, high-demand S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career fields. Positions included Data Analyst, Laboratory Aide, File Clerk and Assessment Support Specialist.

To learn more about Frederick County Workforce Services and/or how to participate as an employer in the next Summer Jobs Program, please visit or call 301-600-2255.