Governor's Summer Job Hunt Program Wraps Up 36th Year
For immediate release
Date: November 2, 2016
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
(DENVER) – With school back in session, summer has come to its inevitable end. Although many students are continuing to work after school, with the beginning of autumn, most summer jobs have now come to an end. To mark the transition back to school, the Department of Labor and Employment held a fall celebration in late October to honor some of the 2016 successes of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program, Colorado's oldest and most successful job placement service for young people.
Every year since its inception in 1981, the program has promoted teens' successful entry into the workforce through education and workplace experience. At the annual fall celebration, held at the Governor’s Executive Residence, state and county-run employment offices called Workforce Centers honored 8 businesses for their mentorships and 10 young people for their exemplary work ethic.
“This year, Workforce Centers across Colorado provided more than 26,100 young people with assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job-search strategies,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “They connected high school and college students with thousands with summer jobs thanks to community-minded businesses."
Those efforts are more important than ever, she stresses. Teen workers, whether they are in a summer job or an after-school position, have been making up a declining share of the overall workforce for many years. In July of this year, only about 35 percent of American teenagers were working or looking for work. By contrast, as recently as 2001, more than half of teens were actively participating in the labor force.
“It’s not that today’s high school and college students can’t find employment – not in this strong labor market,” she says. “The problem is that for many teens, work experience is just not a priority. A study by Northeastern University in Boston warns that a continual decline in the number of teenagers being introduced to the world of work could result in a generation that is ill-prepared for the workplace.”
Work experience is the best preparation for a successful transition from school to career and the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is providing that experience for young people. It is helping them succeed in becoming lifelong learners, productive workers and self-sufficient citizens.