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Oneida County officials reaching out to businesses to take part in Youth Employment Program

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - There's a recruitment effort going on in Oneida County, with officials looking for two things - teenagers who need a job and employers who are looking to hire summer help.

Officials stress that the time to start looking for summer employment is not June, but right now.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is teaming up with both the Rome and the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness about the Youth Employment Program.

Picente is reaching out to businesses to get involved and help provide teens their first glimpse of the workforce.

"This ties directly back to the education that they are getting, because if they learn good skills over the summer about how to show up for work, how to get along with each other, and they get a paycheck for it," said David Mathis, the Oneida County Workforce Development Director.

Last year, more than 350 students held a job in county government, the private sector or a not-for-profit through the program.

Picente is hoping that with more businesses in the mix, that number will go up as well.

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