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Economic stimulus summer youth program pays off in permanent jobs - KOAM TV 7

Economic stimulus summer youth program pays off in permanent jobs

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By LISA OLLIGES

NEOSHO, MO. - The Workforce Investment board says more than 260 young adults had summer jobs, and at least 20 are still earning paychecks.

John Fickbohm is one of them.  He was paid by the state and federal government this summer, but Orscheln Farm and Home liked his work and permanently hired him along with four others.

The store manager says its a win-win, allowing workers to see if they like the job and the company to test the employees.

"Thiis is retail, if anybody has never worked in it before and most people have, but retail is not for everybody and so to have the opportunity to see how people work out before you hire them is a good deal," says Steve Earnhart, the store manager at Orscheln.

To qualify for the program workers had to be ages 16 to 24 and meet income and other guidelines.

Workforce Investment has similar programs for teens and adults throughout the year.

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