B.C. Gave Summer Jobs To 23 Boston Kids

Local high school students worked in offices across the Boston College campus this summer under a partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council to provide jobs for city teenagers.

Twenty-three students from Brighton, Jeremiah Burke and West Roxbury high schools served as data-entry clerks, receptionists and day care attendants, among other jobs. They worked in the Children's Center, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work, the College of Arts and Sciences as well as offices in Information Technology, Buildings and Grounds, Human Resources, Payroll, O'Neill Library, Community Affairs, Athletics, Parking and Identification, and University Housing.

"It's an excellent opportunity for the students to build on their job skills," said Human Resources Personnel Assistant Kelli Reily, supervisor of the program at Boston College. "They become familiar with working in an office, while meeting people and building up some contacts. It's a chance for them to build their resumes and gain references for future job searches."

The Job Collaborative was founded by the BPIC in 1981 to find work for city high school students with good grades and attendance records. At Boston College, the program, which just completed its 11th year, incorporates several educational workshops for the students on such topics as computer and research skills, college admissions and career development.

-Mark Sullivan

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