One group of Harford County youths had an especially eye-opening summer.
Twenty young adults received on-the-job summer experiences through the Susquehanna Workforce Network, which matched them with employers around Harford County.
Participants, who were at least 18 years old, worked in different settings but all focused on skills like workplace etiquette, punctuality and attire. Youths worked 30 hours in a five-day work week for $8 an hour, according to a press release from the Susquehanna Workforce Network.
Dustin Hutton, who worked atAdams Chevrolet in Havre de Grace, said the summer job program broadened his horizons.
“The program is incredible," Hutton said in the release. "I never knew that anything like this existed."
Others worked at places like Cani Optical in Aberdeen.According to the Susquehanna Workforce Network, participants were identified for the summer program through their enrollment in one of two initiatives: the Reconnecting Youth program through Harford County Public Schools, which provides tutoring and mentoring for those who have dropped out of school; or Harford Community College’s Certificate to Career in a Year program, which offers vocational training for youths up to 21 years old who are economically disadvantaged.
The summer job program began for some as early as July 1, with positions running through Sept. 30, according to the press release from the Susquehanna Workforce Network, a nonprofit focused on employment in Harford and Cecil counties.