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COWIC Launches Summer Job Program For Teens

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Akil Cavin is well on his way to launching his career in marketing. And it all started at age 19, when he signed up for the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation's S.O.A.R.hire! internship program.

"Working on the job rather than hearing about it is a lot different. You don't get to see the expectations that employers have.  You don't get to see it when you're in school, all the responsibilities that you have to have," said Akil, who now works for COWIC.

COWIC launched the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer 2013 website Monday. Once there, young job seekers will see links that lead them to an online application -- the only way to apply for available jobs.

"You'll see the service providers that are providing their services this summer. You'll see the list on there and you'll see what their program is about," said project manager Ophelia Salcedo.

There are four models for the 2013 program. Each carry a wide range of requirements, including income level. Those interested in the program can find all the requirements on the website. They'll also find tips on how to dress for an interview, identification requirements, and work experience. There is also a section where applicants can sign up for interview and resume workshops.

President and CEO Suzanne Coleman Tolbert said COWIC helped 3,000 young people in 2012. Of those, 2,000 were placed in paid internships. It's a six-week commitment in jobs ranging from the healthcare to the insurance industries.

"Employers are realizing that we have to give young people the opportunity to build their career. They have to start somewhere," said Tolbert.

Akil is just weeks away from earning his masters degree at Ohio Dominican University. He said S.O.A.R.hire taught him having a successful career takes work.

"I think it's a great opportunity for anyone working and starting their career at a younger age," said Akil.

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