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Alabama Community College System Empowers Youth with Summer Employment Program

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The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is gearing up to kickstart its DHR Summer Youth Employment Program, offering valuable opportunities to low-income youth and young adults aged 16 to 24 across the state.

In its third summer running, Wallace State Community College is actively participating in the initiative, providing summer jobs and on-the-job training to eligible candidates. To secure a position, students undergo a comprehensive application process, including an online application, in-person interview, and an onboarding program tailored to their employment at the college.

Positions available on campus range from bookkeeping to vending machine maintenance and student advising, offering a diverse array of learning experiences. Each college within the system determines the number of participants it can accommodate, with the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) reimbursing colleges up to $12 per hour for participants’ salaries.

The program targets students from families with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level, aiming to equip them with essential skills for future success. With colleges typically hiring between 10 and 30 students to collaborate with staff members, the initiative not only provides valuable employment but also fosters growth and development within the community.