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Middletown Summer Youth Employment Program

2022 Youth at Work Program Application

This application is PDF fillable. Once filled out and completed, you can save it, and email the application to, or print it and mail it or drop it off to: Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, 393 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 Attn: Youth at Work Program. Please note, all supporting documentation needs to be sent in with the application.

Every year since 2006, the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has placed Middletown students into constructive summer employment through the Middletown Summer Youth Employment Program. The chamber has the capacity, through our dynamic membership, to place these youngsters into employment in a wide variety of professional fields for six weeks in the summer months  working 20 hours per week.  Six weeks might not seem like a long time, but it provides a solid foundation and a great glimpse into what life in the workforce is like.

Program applicants are put through a comprehensive pre-employment screening process which takes into account their hobbies, interests, work experience, future plans, comfort level on the computer and on the phone and other important factors such as transportation and availability in the summer months.

Our host sites come from the public sector, the non-profit sector, and most notably the private sector.  This program teaches our young people not only the fundamentals of employment, such as getting to work on time and ready to contribute, but also the pride that comes with putting in a solid work week and receiving a paycheck that was earned through hard and honest work.

For students to be eligible for employment through this program, proof must be provided that he or she is either enrolled in the free or reduced meals program at a local public school, or prove that their total family income falls within 185% of the poverty level in the State of Connecticut.  Official household income documentation or proof of free or reduced lunch from a licensed school official is required when the application is submitted.

Any questions or concerns regarding the Middletown Summer Youth Employment Program can be directed to Lorenzo Marshall at 860-347-6924 or

Middlesex Youth Career Development Services

Middlesex Youth Career Development Services is designed to empower out of school youth ages 18-24 providing them on the job training, paid internships or certificate programs at Middlesex Community College.  Students worked with the program coordinator to set specific employment and/or education goals while in the program. Students were placed into employment after completion of the certificate program and are exited from the program and continue follow up services for four quarters.

The program transitioned from an in school youth program to an out of school program in September 2015. The program is funded by the Workforce Alliance through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This program is a partnership between the Community Renewal Team (CRT) and Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce that serves 20 WIAO participants.

Enrollment into the program occurs on a rolling basis since not all youth will receive technical training at the community college. Assessments are part of the selective process and they are critical to match individualized service plans with individual needs. The CASAS is administered as a pre-test and post-test for those students who did not pass the first time.

The Program focuses on medical billing and coding, phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, personal training and certified nursing aid program. This training when completed leads to recognized credentials that are aligned with in demand industry sectors or occupations in the South Central area according to our labor market information. We offer Serve Safe certificate training for every participant ensuring all youth have an opportunity to earn an industry recognized certificate that will assist in securing employment upon program exit.

Youth who lack the basic vocational background to comply with the entrance requirements of vocational training receive Vocational ABE instruction in order to obtain a GED certificate of High School Diploma. CRT assesses each participant personally employing our Steps to Success case management system. Adult Ed and the Community College assess the educational functioning and career aptitudes for each participant. The Chamber of Commerce provides technical classroom training as well as work based learning by arranging with private sector employers for paid work experience, paid internships or on the job training. Contextual learning focuses on the multiple aspects of any learning environment, whether a classroom or a work site. Our youth discovers meaningful information while participating in internships that will teach them problem solving in the work force.