Summer jobs program coming to area 5.6

Written by David Green.

When a federally funded summer jobs program unrolls soon, Morenci city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder hopes to have some jobs filled here.

South Central Michigan Works will administer the Summer Job Connection program for Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson counties. Nearly $2 million will be directed to this region through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds).

The funds will be used by communities to hire summer workers between the ages of 16 and 24. The jobs pay $7.40 an hour and will cost the city nothing other than training time.

The jobs are to last from May through the end of September, Schroeder said, however, the start of the program is running behind schedule.

Two days of training will be provided initially through South Central Michigan Works, then individuals will be training in the community where they work.

Schroeder expects city council to approve Monday a proposal to hire people to perform office work at city hall and to help at the recycling center, the cemetery and the parks. She wants to hire local residents. Jobs can be scheduled for full-time or less.

Income guidelines apply to prospective workers.

Applications are available at the South Central Michigan Works website (scmw.org).

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