Governor's Summer Job Hunt Wraps Up Its 38th Year

For immediate release

Date: September 17, 2018
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

More than 26,300 young people assisted in finding summer employment.

(DENVER) – With schools back in session, summer jobs are coming to an end.  And with fall approaching comes the end of the 38th season of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, the longest-running and most successful program of its kind in Colorado.

Run by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with state and county-run employment and training offices called Workforce Centers, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt has introduced high school and college students to the workplace since 1981.  This year, Workforce Centers across Colorado provided more than 26,300 young people with job search assistance.

Forty job fairs were held across the state in 2018, bringing approximately 5,300 teens together with 650 job recruiters as seasonal hiring got underway.  Throughout the summer, Workforce Centers also organized 50 workshops for young people, covering résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies.  The efforts of Youth Specialists with local Workforce Centers helped the teens expand their basic workplace skills and ensured they would have the tools and self-confidence to be successful.

And although summer is coming to an end, these hiring events, workshops, and one-on-one counseling sessions will continue.  The work with young people goes on year round.  In fact, in October the Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center will hold its annual job fair for young people interested in working after school.  More than 3,000 high school and college students are expected to attend that event.

As the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt comes to a close for 2018, the program extends thanks to every community-minded employer who hired a young person this summer.  Those businesses were working in collaboration with schools to build and strengthen Colorado’s future workforce.  The results of their efforts will be far-reaching and long-lasting.