|Press Release from the Mayor's Office|
Hon. Mayor John A. Linder and Deputy Mayor/Councilman Nafis Nichols were in attendance December 5th at Widener University for the winter recruitment breakfast and Chester Employer Paid Internship (EPI) Invitational. Dozens of local businesses played audience to Chester’s Workforce Development Center in conjunction with Chester Youth Collaborative, the city’s youth intermediary, to learn about how they may sponsor interns between the ages of sixteen and twenty one, for the 2013 summer session of the ongoing program. Coordinator, Robert Wrease, and Program Assistant Nefetaria Yates expanded on the opportunities abound for local industry to groom their future workforce in aiding both economic growth of the city and critical training of its student population. Previous participants of the EPI program were also awarded for their contributions and outstanding performance in a variety of concentrations including health sciences, marketing, and hospitality. Mayor Linder addressed potential future partners in the audience, stressing the importance of their investment in Chester’s economic landscape stating, “You may sponsor the program [EPI] even if you have no site work available, and in this way you are enhancing the possibilities for our students, giving shape to their career paths, and providing integral training opportunities for them to hit the ground running upon graduation.” Mayor Linder. Deputy Mayor Nichols resounded the call for progression in saying, “We expect to get at least one hundred interns in 2013, and I know we can do it!”
Those wishing to obtain further information, sponsor interns, or sponsor the program may still apply through the Chester City Office of Workforce Development online at www.chestercity.com; click the ‘EPI’ logo, and by phone at 610.447.7793.