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Local teens and young adults seeking summer work opportunities may apply online for employment with a new federal program called WorkNow Kentucky.
“It’ll start this week because we’re just now getting the information,” Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said. “For people to apply, this year they’ve got to go online. It does differ a little bit” from summer work programs in past years. “They’re taking applications from 16 years of age to 24. If a person is older than that and they don’t have a job and they’ve got a younger individual in the home they, too, may qualify.”
WorkNow Kentucky is a new federal summer employment program that puts employers who need workers together with qualified job seekers. The program is made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and through a collaborative effort of Kentucky’s workforce and human services systems. The program continues through Sept. 18.
Employers eligible to participate include public, private, non-profit, for-profit and state and local government entities. Local employer entities participating are county government, Carroll County Memorial Hospital and the Three Rivers District Health Department.
Tomlinson said past summer employment programs have started earlier, usually in early June and continued through August. With the late start of the program employment will extend longer than in the past as well.
“This thing has been slow progressing,” he said of WorkNow Kentucky. “We didn’t know when they were going to get us the new guidelines and when they were going to let us start the program.”
To apply, go online at http://worknow.ky.gov and follow the steps and instructions. When prompted for location, click on Carrollton. Olivia Ballou, youth career counselor at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, is coordinating the hiring program for Carroll County.