Governor's Summer Job Hunt Wraps Up 34th Year

Pueblo employers and teens honored in Appreciation Ceremony

(DENVER) – With school back in session, summer has come to its inevitable end.  And with the end of the season comes the conclusion of the 2014 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt.  Every year since its inception in 1981, the program has promoted the successful entry into the workforce through education and workplace experience that leads to self-sufficiency.

“This year, Workforce Centers across Colorado provided almost 40,000 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 thousands with summer jobs thanks to community-minded businesses.  Every employer who hired a young person this summer was working in collaboration with our schools to build and strengthen our future workforce.”

Yesterday, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program and Workforce Centers across the state presented awards to employers and teens at a reception at the Governor’s Executive Residence in Denver.  Companies who helped teens expand their basic workplace skills were recognized and special awards were presented to young people who showed an exemplary work ethic in their summer job.

The Pueblo Workforce Center honored two local employers and five teen workers during the awards reception.

National Lil’ Britches Rodeo Association
It’s one of the first things a young person learns when looking for work experience.  If you are not yet 16 years old, the opportunities are virtually impossible to find.

The Pueblo Workforce Center extended thanks to the National Lil’ Britches Rodeo Association for the mentoring, coaching and support they provided 14 and 15 year olds, giving them the chance to see the working world and learn skills that they can take with them as they become eligible to seek employment.  These teens gained experience that was invaluable.

Joseph Luna, Antonio Trujillo, Lethicia Vigil and Abreann Trujillo
These young people worked the 13-day Lil’ Britches Rodeo this summer, stuffing contestant bags and assisting in taking tickets.  And with more than 1,600 horses at the rodeo, there was some shoveling too.  Hey, work isn’t always pretty.  The Pueblo Workforce Center presented awards to the teens for their dedication, energy, enthusiasm and a determination to prove their worth in the workplace

Ross Dress For Less
The Ross Dress For Less Store in Pueblo has been a supporter of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt for three years.  Store Manager Linda Wilson’s efforts each year are greatly appreciated by the Pueblo Workforce Center and by the young people she has helped over the years.  She provides on-the-job training for the young people who work at Ross Dress For Less.  And when she encounters an extraordinary teen – as she did this year – Linda Wilson goes above and beyond in helping them.

Ryan Santisteven
The extraordinary teen Linda Wilson mentored this summer is Ryan Santisteven, an energetic, enthusiastic and determined young woman. She was up at 4 a.m. everyday to clock in at the store by 6:00 a.m., a difficult shift for a young first-time employee, yet Ryan showed up with a smile and a positive attitude every day.

The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt offers more than job opportunities.  It gives them the tools and self-confidence to be successful.  And although the program’s 34th year has come to a close, it's important to note that the services are provided year round.  The Pueblo Workforce Center offer workshops and counseling in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt.

Photos from the awards ceremony are available on request.

For immediate release

Date: October 2, 2014
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