PATERSON, NJ - 21 students of Paterson’s S.T.A.R.S Academy learned the value of hard work through part time jobs funded by the Passaic County Workforce Development Center, the Jewish Vocational Service, and the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services this summer.

According Superintended of Schools Eileen F. Shafer 15 of the students worked at the district’s Central Office with the remainder working at Marshall’s in Center City Mall.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to have students from S.T.A.R.S Academy working with us this summer,” Shafer said. “They have all done terrific work. I hope that by working with us this summer, these students have a greater sense of personal responsibility as well as the gratification of of getting a paycheck and being part of a team.”

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The students in the central office, Shafer said, performed clerical work while those at Marshall’s assisted with inventory management. 

“We couldn’t be prouder of the S.T.A.R.S Academy students for going into the Paterson community and becoming part of the city’s workforce this summer,” Principal Natalie Heard-Hackett said. “Our students have gotten rave reviews from their employers, and they have enjoyed working with their summer colleagues and learning the responsibilities of holding a job.”

The students earned $10.50 per hour and worked 25 hours per week at the central office and 20 hours per week at Marshall’s. 

Some of the students working at Marshall’s, Shafer noted, were offered permanent part-time positions after school in the fall.


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