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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City’s Pookela Fellows Program to provide college students with part-time employment under the mentorship of City employees.


            The mayor said, “The City, like many employers, is facing the prospect of losing a sizable number of skilled and valuable employees over the next decade. Approximately 60 percent of the City’s workforce can be termed ‘baby boomers’ aged 42 to 60, with 25 percent of the City’s 8,400 employees eligible to retire in the next five to 10 years.


            “The Pookela Fellows Program is our proactive approach to expose and attract college students to City employment. Our goal is to make them think of the City first when it’s time for them to pursue their careers.”


            The Department of Human Resources (DHR) started the program in June by forming a committee of eight City employees, most of whom have had college internship experience.


            Ken Nakamatsu, DHR director, said, “This innovative program will provide college students with valuable work experience, showcase the City as a desirable place to work, and give City employees an opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with students.”


            University of Hawaii at Manoa students will have two opportunities to learn about the Pookela Fellows Program at two job fairs: October 12 for business students at the Shidler College of Business, and October 18 for all students at the Campus Center.


            An eligible student must have a minimum 2.0 overall scholastic average on a 4.0 scale, and completion of at least 48 credits by the start of the fellowship.


            During the fall and spring semesters, students may be employed part-time up to 19 hours per week. During the summer semester, students may work 40 hours per week for up to a maximum of 89 days.


            Fellows will be paid $10 per hour.


            The Pookela Fellows Program is under the direction of the Department of Human Resources, with support by the Mayor’s Project Management Office.


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Bill  Brennan, 527-6928
Monday, October 08, 2007

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