by Lisa Tome
When it comes to getting a summer job, in some cases, whom you know may be more important than what you know. For Rising Sun High School junior and Cecil School of Technology welding student Justin Gilbert, landing a summer job was all about planning ahead.
"I applied in December or January. You have to be smart about it, and work to get it," said Gilbert. This summer, Gilbert will be working at the Army Corps of Engineers doing welding and labor tasks. He starts his job on June 17 and will work all summer from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"I'm excited. It's with the government, so I get benefits," said Gilbert.
Stanley Clark attends Perryville High and the tech school's carpentry program. He heard about his summer job from his teacher, Mr. Webster. Clark will work in the lumber yard at American Home and Hardware. "It will help me learn about different types of wood," said Clark. It also allows him to bid farewell to his fast food job. "I hated fast food," said Clark.
Bo Manor student and school of tech automotive technology enrollee Billy Coolbaugh, landed a job in his field. For three months he's been working at the Elkton Jiffy Lube.
"They recruited here at school," said Coolbaugh. "I'm underneath all the cars learning where things are."
Coolbaugh's auto tech classmate, Taylor Pettit, who attends North East High, works for a friend of the family at American Service Center of Elkton.
He's working with small engines and repairing them. "I'm glad to have a summer job. Most engines work the same," said Pettit.
Four culinary arts students will all be working in the food service industry this summer. Dazia Scott, a student at Elkton High, landed a job at KFC/Taco Bell of Elkton seven months ago. "The tests I have at school, are the same as I have at my job," said Scott.
Perryville High student Tiya Celso starts a job at Havre de Grace Burger King in two weeks. She's earning minimum wage. "There's no summer life for me," said Celso.
Rising Sun High student Rachel Bowles secured her summer job a month ago. She's manning the salad bar and bussing tables at Wesley's restaurant. "I cut vegetables and stuff. I'm doing something with what I have learned (at school)," said Bowles.
Perryville student Heaven Grafton is working at Waffle House of North East. "We have a million varieties of people. If I can put a smile on their face, it's worth it," said Grafton.
HVAC and North East High student Austin Granger got his job due to family ties. Granger works for Horizon Services. His brother is his manager. "I feel grateful to have a job," said Granger.
Michael Anderson, who is also studying HVAC, works for R. Brooks Mechanical. He has worked at the company for a year and said he got the job because his family is friends with the owner.
Hunter Wiggins has a job coating driveways with his father. But now that he earned his Emergency Medical Technician certification through the Fire Science program, he has another summer job lined up. "I will volunteer at the (Rising Sun) fire house and earn money through the incentive program. I'll get $40 per call providing patient care. I'm very excited about this. It's what I like to do," said Wiggins.