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May 15, 2014 9:43 PM

Workforce Solutions Helping Local Teens Find Summer Jobs

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're wondering whether your teenage son or daughter can find work this summer, Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend is there to help.

The unemployment agency serves 12 counties in the region, and helps people find work. Monika De La Garza, spokesperson for Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend said there are plenty of jobs.

"Right now, there are over 2,000 job openings just in the Coastal Bend region."

A chunk of those are minimum wage, entry-level jobs that don't require previous training.

"The top there industries that are hiring youth, ages 16-24 are retail/trade, entertainment and accommodations...[They can work in] retail, [be a] cashier, waitress, service attendant, or a store clerk," explained De La Garza.

Monica Avitua, 18, said thanks to Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend, she has her first job.

"They gave me that extra motivation and that extra push," said Avitua.

In a few weeks, Avitua will start working at a local Boys and Girls Club.

"I want to because it's good...and... I would have my... income."

So, how can your teen get started? First, he/she can visit www.WorkInTexas.org and set up a profile. From there, their skills will get linked up to a database, and if there's a match with any job openings, he/she would get an e-mail alert.

However, if your teen needs help sprucing up his/her resume, learning valuable interview skills or meeting with a job counselor, visit Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend. The office's address is 520 N. Staples. They can be reached at (361) 885-3016.

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