300 Kern County youth receiving job training, possibility of employment with local businesses

PG&E paying for the Boys & Girls Club program

BAKERSFIELD - Joined by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Executive Director Zane Smith, Pacific Gas and Electric Company President Chris Johns Thursday announced a partnership to help underserved youth with career education and job readiness training.

The Summer Jobs program will provide more than 300 youth from the Kern County region with eight-week "Career Launch" classes, where they will learn more about developing plans for their lives and choosing a career. The classes offer comprehensive career exploration, financial literacy and awareness of service-learning in stewardship to the community.

"The partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and PG&E offers opportunities for local businesses and youth to develop the skills to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow," said Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

"This is a win-win opportunity for everyone involved," said Zane Smith, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. "Our local businesses get well-prepared summer interns at no cost, and our youth get the opportunity of a lifetime to develop real-world skills. It will be a game-changer for many of them, putting them on a positive path for their futures."

Students who complete the eight-week program will be offered a chance to interview for one of 55 summer jobs at Kern County businesses, with salary and other benefits fully funded by PG&E. Students will also receive stipends to help purchase needed clothing and bus tokens for transportation to and from the workplace. There will be no cost to businesses who apply to host youth workers for the six-week job program.

This is the second PG&E Summer Jobs program held in Kern County. Last year, 58 students received hands-on experience, which later resulted in three local job offers.

Since the inception of the program in 2012, 274 youths have received summer jobs and nearly 1,000 youths have received job training in Fresno County, Kern County and the greater Sacramento area. 

For more information on the PG&E Summer Jobs Program, please call the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County at 661-325-3730 or visit www.bgclubsofkerncounty.org.

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