Teens in Harlan County are making plans for their future. A summer career program for Harlan County high schoolers has incoming seniors looking forward to college.
Samantha Brock will be a senior in the fall with big plans to go into the medical field. And says she's not wasting anytime when it comes to preparing for college. That's why she says she joined the summer career program.
“We've only been doing this for three weeks, but so far it's benefited me more than I think any summer camp I could've went to could've done,” says Brock.
But Brock's not the only teen working twenty hours a week at minimum wage. The program accepts nine students. 3 from Evarts, 3 from Cumberland, and 3 from James Cawood High Schools. Youth Services Director Janet White says this year all nine are interested in jobs in medicine.
“They learn from this career if this is really the career that they want to go into in college,” says White.
“So might as well go ahead and get in a school program. Asking what you want to do and go ahead and get into it for later on. So I’m kind of planning ahead,” says Derrick Eldridge, a student worker. “It's a real good paying job. I figured I’d go into it and make a lot of money. Yeah, and live the way I wanted to.”
And student workers say they don't even mind getting up early during summer break.
“It was fun, so I was ready to get up every morning and see what the next day was going to be like,” says Brock.
White says these summer jobs sometimes lead to scholarships and even jobs after college.
The program will come to an end August 8th.