Youth career academy applications accepted through May 11

Applications for DeKalb County’s the 2021 DeKalb Virtual Career Academy (DVCA), the county’s fifth annual summer jobs program, are now being accepted through May 11. 

The program, run by WorkSource DeKalb, will provide 750 internships open to DeKalb residents ages 14 to 24 who will be paid $9 per hour, according to a county press release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make it difficult for DeKalb County youth to find summer jobs and internships,” stated DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “Again, this year, DeKalb County will fill this training and financial gap by offering our summer jobs program as a virtual career academy.”

The application period opened May 5 and closes at 5 p.m. on May 11 for the five-week program, which runs from June 7, 2021, through July 9, 2021. Prospective participants are invited to apply for the program at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/careeracademy Participants will be selected through a lottery system and be announced via email on May 14. 

DVCA is a collaborative partnership between the DeKalb County Government, DeKalb County School District, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), WorkSource DeKalb, public/private partners and community resource agencies.

“GPTC is a proud partner of this initiative because it provides relevant training to position learners for success in rewarding careers,” said Tavarez Holston, GPTC president. “Specifically, GPTC is promoting digital literacy and equipping future business owners and project managers to be competitive in a post-pandemic economy. We are also providing people with access to a high school equivalency at no cost if they didn’t complete high school. This is a good work.”

According to the county press release, the primary focus of DVCA is to close achievement gaps, offer counseling and support to youth and their parents, and provide a positive alternative career experience during the summer months for youth.

For the second consecutive year, due to the county’s continued focus on safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, selected interns will be able to virtually “learn and earn” critical job readiness skills.

The academy features six virtual components in its creative design: academic enrichment, academic counseling and support, career preparation training, credentialing training, GED preparation, and motivational/empowerment training.

Questions about the internship program should be directed to Desjané Venable at dvenable@dekalbcountyga.gov or call (404) 687-3400.

For more information about WorkSource DeKalb, including upcoming events, visit www.worksourcedekalb.org or call (404) 687-3400.

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