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Employment History

Youth Service Coordinator

Rapides Parish

Project Coordinator and WOD YES

Rapides Parish Youth Empowerment Services

Youth Service Coordinator

Rapides Parish Youth Empowerment Services

Project Coordinator

OEWD Youth Empowerment System

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Local News - The Town Talk - [cached]

Gloria Offord, Rapides Parish Youth Service Coordinator, said the old CETA and JTPA programs no longer exist in the form they once did.

"We have had 300 enrolled at one time," in earlier programs, Offord said, adding there are only 40 slots total available for this year.
But the current Workforce Investment Act has "no stand-alone summer jobs," she said.
"Our program is really not geared toward summer employment.It's tied to skills training and education," she said.
She said half of the jobs are pegged to technical training in rural areas.
"They're not technical jobs, but they're paid minimum wage to learn," she said.
The other half are tied to teaching skills that lead to jobs, she said.

The Town Talk [cached]

"You should start looking mid-April or at least from the beginning of May," suggests Gloria Offord, youth service coordinator for Rapides Parish Youth Empowerment Services.

But that doesn't mean it's too late to find summer work.However, the jobs to be had will go to those who go prepared as they look, she said.
"Actually doing a resume when you are in high school, sometimes that's a little much," Offord said.
She does suggest teen job seekers take along a "cheat sheet" of information employers will want.Include references, any work experience and a list of academic skills that might be transferable to a job.For example, top grades in English might demonstrate good communication skills.
Classes in shop, keyboarding and computers might also indicate skills an employer seeks.
"Go by yourself," Offord added."Don't take a friend."
Do take pens, pencils and your Social Security card.
"If you come prepared, the employer's going to see, 'You are prepared enough that I can train you to do the job,'" Offord said.
Dress neatly, but appropriately for the work, she added.
"A lot of times your jobs are open right then and there," Offord explained.
Nearly 200 students participate in a Workforce Investment Act program during the school year, and about hundred of those will keep working through the summer, Offord said.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Leaders Academy Homepage [cached]

Group Members: Clariza Barron, Marge Kuethe, Joseph McCarthy, Gloria Offord, Tamara Stump, Tiki White

Gloria OffordProject CoordinatorOEWD Youth Empowerment System

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Gloria OffordProject CoordinatorOEWD Youth Empowerment System

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Project Coordinator/Youth Empowerment System
Office of Economic & Workforce Development Youth Empowerment System

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