Summer employment program begins

LIHUE — Fifteen Kauai youth started their summer jobs with the county this week.

The youth, ages 16 to 24, are participants in a new program sponsored by the state Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the County of Kauai.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the DVR on the new Summer Youth Employment Program. It’s a great opportunity for young people to learn job readiness skills and gain real-world work experience,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “Programs such as this help to develop the talents of our future jobseekers so ultimately, we all benefit.”

Layne Shigeta, Kauai branch administrator for DVR, echoed the mayor’s sentiments.

“I’d like to thank the county for partnering with us on this program. By working together, the state and the county are helping the students to enhance their technical skills as well as their work adjustment skills,” Shigeta said.

The participants are assigned to one of several county offices including the Office of Economic Development, Department of Liquor Control, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The students can work up to six weeks for a maximum of 30 hours per week. Their hourly pay is $10.

Funding for the program is provided by the state Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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