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Youth CareerConnect and CVS Launch Medical Careers for 18 Youth

EDC President & CEO Jim Coleman, center, welcomes Youth CareerConnect interns and staff to the EDC offices for training and orientationLargo, MD, July 6, 2016- Yesterday, the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President and CEO Jim Coleman and Youth Career Connect (YCC) Program Director Yolanda Tully welcomed 18 Bladensburg High School Health and Sciences Academy students to EDC headquarters, kicking off a partnership with CVS to place the students in its retail locations around the County for the YCC’s six week summer internship program. During their time at CVS, the students will serve as crew members and pharmacy technicians and gain valuable work experience that will kick-start their careers in the health sector.

"This is going to be a fabulous summer," said Coleman. "You all are going to gain valuable work experience that will make you more competitive in the Health and Science fields. Do a good job this summer, so that you will be invited back next summer. And when you do a great job next summer, you may even be offered a job. We are thankful to CVS for giving Prince George's County youth the opportunity to learn and grow their skills and abilities. I am proud of our youth and excited to see how far they will go!"

In total, the Youth CareerConnect program has placed 148 Prince George's County Youth in internships during the summer of 2016 in the Information Technology and Health Sciences sectors from various high schools around the County. Yolanda Tully and her team worked to ensure that each student had an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.

"My team works to fulfill the purpose of giving our youth opportunities that they may not have in other circumstances," said Tully. "We are very impressed with the drive, talent and passion of our kids and know that our hard work will pay off."

The EDC is the manager of the $7 million grant the County received for the Youth CareerConnect program in 2014. The program is a part of President Obama's STEM initiative geared toward providing employers with a skilled workforce immediately following high school.

To learn more about the Youth CareerConnect program in Prince George's County, please contact Yolanda Tully at 301-618-8400 or yttully@co.pg.md.us.