New summer program offers work to students with disabilities

WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Texas Workforce Commission is in the early stages of a project that is happening all over the lone star state.

The "Summer earn and learn" program is set to happen through workforce solutions to provide students with disabilities summer jobs.

This is the first year for the program in Texas and local organizers said the program benefits students and employees.

"For students, they'll be able to learn on the job training and skills that may help them as they further their education," said Rita Gauthier with the Texas Workforce Commission.  "As an employer, it's a win-win because they'll be able to have a student working for them.  The workforce will pay for that work experience contract for the duration of the contract.  So, there's no money out of the employers pocket but it is giving back to the community."

The program is planned to start in May.

Rita Gauthier said Workforce Solutions have already started seeing interest.

Students ranging from ages 15 to 22 can apply.

Anyone wanting more information can call Workforce Solutions of North Texas at 940-322-1801.

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