Weatherford Democrat

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December 11, 2009

City honored for Worksite of the Year

WEATHERFORD — At the Workforce Solutions’ 13th annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held in November, the City of Weatherford was awarded the Summer Youth Worksite of the Year Award as a participant in the Stimulus Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Summer Jobs Program. The program offered disadvantage youth an on-the-job learning experience as well as provided income.

During the months of May through November, the City of Weatherford served as a worksite for the Stimulus Youth Employment (SYE) program. Employing a total of 41 SYE employees, the City of Weatherford was the largest employer of the program.

By way of the program, the city offered youth ages 17 to 24 many numerous employment opportunities throughout the organization at no cost to the city. The program was an element of President Obama’s stimulus program.

Participants had responsibilities in fields such as clerical support, maintenance and the additional day-to-day operations of the city. All city departments participated in the program, which offered youth an insight to the operations of the city as well as provided employment for disadvantaged youth.

“From our standpoint, the program was a tremendous success,” City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said. “At a time when we were holding open positions, we were able to utilize the SYE employees to assist in the short-fall. The program was a win-win situation for the youth, employees of the city, and the citizens of Weatherford.”

The award recognizes two employers who worked hard to provide the SYE employees with a rewarding, productive and educational experience, which helped ready them for the next level of education and/or the job market. Six agencies were submitted for recognition.

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