MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
September 29, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 
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LABOR DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES TEEN EMPLOYMENT WEB SITE
SITE WILL HELP TEENS PLAN FOR A BETTER FUTURE

NASHVILLE - Tennessee teenagers who are thinking about future careers now have a new resource specifically for them. The Web site, titled TN Teens 2 Work, produced by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, can help teenagers plan for a better future in an in-demand career. The Web site was recently featured in the 2004 edition of American Careers magazine that is mailed to the families of 8th graders in Tennessee.

"In the Governor's roundtable Jobs Cabinet meetings, employers have often mentioned the magnitude of educating young people and preparing them for future jobs in Tennessee," said Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley. "We believe the new TN Teens 2 Work Web site will be important in promoting an educated workforce for the future. These teens will be the workers of tomorrow and this e-government service aims to point them in the right direction."

The Web site features job outlook information to 2010, Tennessee's top employers, skills assessment and links to Tennessee universities, community colleges and technology centers, as well as grant and scholarship information. If teenagers are looking for part-time work while still in school, the Web site offers information on child labor laws, dressing for success, résumé preparation and interviewing tips. The site is easy to use and also offers a question and feedback area for teens to contact the department for specific information.

TN Teens 2 Work informational posters for Tennessee middle and high school counseling offices will be mailed before the end of the year. To visit the Web site, go to www.tennessee.gov and click on the TN Teens 2 Work logo.

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