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UCP praised for hiring of local students during the summer

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente praised representatives from Upstate Cerebral Palsy on Wednesday for their dedication to employing local college students during the summertime.

Nineteen interns have worked at the Kelberman Center in the City of Utica so far this year and Upstate Cerebral Palsy has hired seven of their former interns as full-time employees.

UCP is taking part in the Oneida County College Students Corps which provides 200 hour summer internships for Oneida County-based students.

Under the program, employers and the county each pay half of the cost of an intern.

"We want to keep them," said Oneida County Executive Picente. "We want them to start their families here, grow here, and continue the generations here and we want to build upon the workforce and the economy because it helps all the way around it."

Across the county, 134 students worked as interns at 51 different employers under the county program.

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