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Local program aims to help teens find summer jobs

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In a tough economy many vie for the same jobs, but Workforce Investment experts say there is a way to make yourself marketable even if you're a teen.

The Sarcoxie School District is teaming up with economic developers  to embrace the NCRC - the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Sarcoxie businesses and economic leaders will pay for all juniors and seniors to get the assessment created by the A.C.T. Company.

The pay off for the community is its ability to show prospective businesses it has a ready workforce.

For students here or in Joplin looking for jobs, it's a way to verify skills like workplace math, how to follow directions or search for information.

"It's a way to prove what you can do," says Bubba Evansco, the Workforce Investment Board Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator.  "You'll earn the certificate, there's different levels of the certificate, you show that to an employer.  Now a hundred kids that came out of accounting class have same degree you have NCRC, you've verified, your work skills send you to the top of the heap immediately."

Evansco says right now that testing is free at the Missouri Career Center.  The certificate is valid in all 50 states to show job readiness.

What's interesting is Evansco says the Career Center has more than 400 jobs available now.

He says the Center will help teens create resumes and even fax or mail them.  Plus it can connect teens with work experience programs that are paid positions.

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