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Summer job service helps students

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Summer has arrived! Along with summer, welcome to the summer job search for students!

Lucky for those students, NCDS in Fort Frances has the Summer Jobs Service Program.

The SJS Program serves the entire Rainy River District, including Fort Frances and Atikokan, as well as out to Nestor Falls, Rainy River, and everywhere in between.

This program offers students help with their job search, résumé and cover letter preparation, interview skills, and self-marketing.

Employers also can take advantage of the SJS program by utilizing the $2/hour wage subsidy for hiring students.

To be eligible for this program, the applicant must be 15-30 years of age and returning to school in the fall.

NCDS still has availability for students and employers to sign up for the SJS program.

Tirzah Keffer, the new SJS co-ordinator, along with Tyson Grinsell, a case manager, have been approaching employers across Rainy River District to find more job opportunities for students.

The pair set up an information booth at Fort Frances High School on May 1, 9, and 16, and hope to spend more time there speaking to the students who are interested in gaining employment.

Also, while at the Emo office on May 15, they approached many Emo employers with positive results.

So far there are many jobs in the customer service line of work, a few labour positions, and the need for cashiers.

SJS will be attending the Atikokan Career Fair on May 29, and is hoping to bring back new career and job opportunities for students.

In previous years, SJS has been very successful with this program, with returning students gaining the same job with employers year after year.

Last year, it successfully allocated more than $100,000 into the community through wage subsidies and other services.

This year already is shaping up to be equally successful, with many students already finding employment and signing up for the program!

Be sure to check out the SJS booth at the “Shape Your Future Career Fair and Training Expo,” which is being presented by NCDS tomorrow (May 24) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.

There are roughly 70 interactive booths and the SJS is happy to be a part of it.

If students already are employed within the district, they are highly-advised to keep working at their present job and not quitting before they seek further employment with another employer.

Students also are encouraged to apply not to a few places, but many, and to speak to the employer directly and not to dismiss job opportunities they believe are beneath them.

If students or employers have any questions or wish to sign up, come to the NCDS office at 304 Scott St. or call 274-2282.

The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Feel free to stop by and speak with Keffer or Grinsell.

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