Program develops youths' job skills

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- A federal program is helping, out of school youth develop skills to get and keep jobs.


The work-based learning is part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Internship positions are provided to those from 17 to 24 years old.

The focus is on getting young job seekers to work experience and job skills for their future.

Workers earn $8 to $11 and the state pays those wages.

So participation in the program is completely free for employers.

Workers are allowed to do up to 40 hours a week and a maximum of 390 hours in total.

Once the internship is over…
"We would have the opportunity to hire them, or they can use those skills and get other jobs, so not only are we helping the men and women in our program but other people in the community as well," said Jeff Peacock the executive director of The Ark.

The program does not require a high school diploma or GED, but employers might want that.

If you know someone who qualifies and is interested they can contact the Dothan Career Center.

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