Flagstaff, Ariz. - Teenager James Perrin doesn't consider himself "super outgoing."
But after a summer of working at Goodwill, Perrin, 18, said he's more comfortable with customer service.
"This was an awesome opportunity to get some work related skills," Perrin said. "I've learned so much."
Perrin was one of five teens who graduated this week from Coconino Community College's First Jobs Program. The program, in its third year, partners with Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona. Inc. to provide jobs and job training to teens.
For six weeks, CCC's Community and Corporate Learning Division taught the teens a two-hour course on job training, while at the same time Goodwill provided the summer jobs.
"This is more than just putting people to work," said David Hirsch, President and CEO Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona. Inc. "This is a chance to earn a paycheck. In the worst economic climate for teens since World War II, you beat the odds and found jobs."
The work readiness classes taught the teens skills such as how to fill out a work application, compile a resume, effective interviewing skills and proper dress and grooming.
At a recent ceremony honoring the teens, John Cardani, CCC's Executive Director of Community and Corporate Learning told the teens this was a first step.
"Take today and relish that you completed the summer's First Jobs Program," Cardani said. "This is a starting place. We are ready, willing and able to accept you into a line of study."
The other graduates were: Rebeccah Steel, 16; Mathew Eide, 14; Sean Buckley, 17 and Anthony Smith, 14.