Help Wanted

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- While many teens will be soaking up the sun and sleeping in this summer, a few will join the U.S. Army Europe work force with the Summer Hire Program, operated by Installation Management Agency-Europe.

The Summer Hire Program is designed to provide young people an opportunity to gain meaningful job experience, prepare for future educational and career goals, and support the Army mission.

"It helped me build my resume," said 18-year-old Danica Schobin, who spent last summer providing clerical work for the Chaplain's office on Main Post. "Plus I learned a lot, it should help me with future jobs."

Stephanie Ellis, 18, agreed.

"It's an opportunity to work and interact with adults and you can see how they get things done and learn from them," said Ellis, who chose to hone her skills in childcare working for Child, Youth and School Services' School Age Services. "It teaches you responsibility but you're not alone, there is always someone there to help you if you need and you learn skills you can't get out of everyday life."

Schobin and Ellis, along with 17-year-old Myles Hall, were three of 120 teens within the Grafenwoehr military footprint enrolled in the program last year.

Hall hopes the program will aid in his future education goals.

"Having a good work ethic and experience will look good on college applications," said Hall. "I had a lot of responsibility when I worked for (Child, Youth and School Services). I did my job quickly, orderly and asked for more."

Hall is finishing up his sophomore year at Vilseck High School.

"Now is the time to start thinking about the future," said Hall. "I have high expectations for myself and the jobs I pick. I want to make a difference in the job I do."

Applications for the Summer Hire Program are available until May 22. The program runs June 20 - July 29 for the Grafenwoher, Vilseck and Garmisch areas and July 18 - August 26 for those participants in Hohenfels.

Full-time jobs are available in clerical, labor and child care fields and participants are placed in their area of interest. The program is open to all family members age 14 - 22, with valid family member identification. Interested parties may apply online at https://lnjobs.army.mil/sh/staffing/summerhire/.

In-processing packets must be completed and turned in to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) within eight days after a resume is submitted. Those applications without in-processing packages at their respective CPAC by the above stated date will not be considered as a valid application.

The six-week program will leave the young workers with about three weeks of summer break to enjoy before they begin their 2011-2012 school year.

"You don't have much of a summer, but you have money to spend while you do," said Schobin

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