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Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday afternoon to talk about the “Next-Generation Jobs Team.” That’s a summer employment program that helps place young Missourians in paid internships in high-tech—and good-paying—jobs. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
The governor visited Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., a co-op that provides electricity to 51 local electric cooperative systems in the Midwest, using wind and other sources of energy.Nixon said putting up to 6,000 young people to work—even temporary work—will play an important role in stimulating the state economy. The governor said the plan works like this: interested Missourians between the ages of 16 and 24 can log onto the state’s website: www.mo.gov, where they are able to apply for these competitive internships.
Standing in front of several employees who were once high-tech interns, Nixon says he’s also asking businesses to apply for the Next-Generation Jobs Program.
Businesses can also apply for the program through the same website: www.mo.gov.
The governor did not specify how much the interns will be paid. Nixon said wages for the young workers will be funded by the US government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the “economic stimulus package,” which was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.