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Keesler AFB offers summer jobs to civilians

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Amy Butler has been on the job at Keesler Air Force Base just under a month. She does clerical work through Keesler's Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  Butler is also earning her associate's degree.  

"Everybody helps one another, and there's always more to learn every day," Butler said. "You really get hands-on experience."  

Just down the hall, Colleen Patton, who's earning her MBA, is working as a human resources specialist through another program at Keesler, the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).

"Everyone's been helpful since I've been here," Patton said. "I was able to get a lot of training, good training. That, along with the experience I have, has been awesome."

The programs are both open to students. Butler's job through STEP offers year-round temporary work and is mostly clerical and labor work.  The program requires participants to be at least 16.

Colleen's position through SCEP is an internship participants keep until graduation.  It offers placement in careers ranging from engineering to human resources. 

There's yet a third program looking for hires, and you don't have to be a student. It's Keesler's summer jobs program.

"Right now, we're looking for lifeguards. We need 26 and have two pools," said Program Coordinator Lakisha Robertson. "We're reaching out to the community, and we would like anyone's who's interested to come out and apply." 

The jobs pay anywhere between $10 to $14 an hour.  Program coordinators said the programs provide a way for Keesler to connect to the community by training people to keep jobs filled and get long-term careers on track.

"It definitely prepares you to be able to work in the government or even outside the government," said Program Coordinator Jemila Ballard. "It allows you to get training so you can just become a professional."

Some coordinators know first-hand how the programs can serve as springboards to new work experiences and careers. 

"I actually went through the program in 2006 and became permanent myself," Ballard said.

College students have to be earning at least six credit hours to participate in the programs.  For SCEP, you have to be a junior in college. 

Program coordinators also encourage non-traditional students, those who might be older coming back to get their degree, to apply. For more information, you can call (228) 376-8644.  To apply to become a lifeguard, you must apply through http://www.usajobs.gov/.     

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