Putnam, CT – O&G Industries hosted an intern from the City of Norwich’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at the company’s Putnam High School Renovation project.
Anthony Diaz, an 18-year-old graduate of Norwich Technical High School, says: “I had studied aspects of residential construction during high school but never had an opportunity to work on a commercial construction project.”
Funded by the state of Connecticut and the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, the City of Norwich’s SYEP placed 120 youth ranging in age from 14 to 21. The youth work 15 to 25 hours per week for regional employers, with their salaries paid by the program.
“The youth gain the benefit of real-world employment experience and receive additional mentoring in presentation skills, résumé, and interview preparation beyond the work site,” stated Patricia Dixe, program coordinator for the City of Norwich Youth and Family Services.
Diaz is planning to attend New England Technical School in the fall with a concentration in architectural engineering.