The Tomball Economic Development Corp. is launching a summer youth employment program that will reimburse Tomball companies for hiring up to two summer interns over a seven-week period, according to the Feb. 5 Tomball City Council agenda packet.

During its Feb. 5 meeting, Tomball City Council approved the program as a TEDC project. The TEDC has a budget of $40,000 for the program and expects to have 20 students, TEDC Assistant Director Tiffani Wooten said at the Feb. 5 meeting.

In a nutshell

The summer youth employment program will give Tomball companies an opportunity to be eligible for up to $4,000 of grant funds to hire up to two summer interns over a seven-week period, Wooten said during the Feb. 5 meeting.

“Ultimately, this program will help create a talent pipeline between our businesses and our future workforce,” Wooten said.

According to the Feb. 5 agenda packet:

  • The program will be available to young adults between 16-20 years old who attend high school or college within Tomball’s city limits or the Tomball ISD jurisdiction.
  • The application window for the program will open between March 18-April 19.
  • Companies will schedule in-person interviews between April 29-May 24.
  • Candidates will be paid $15 an hour and be limited to 20 hours per week not to exceed 140 hours during the seven-week program.
  • Businesses will choose when the seven-week program starts and ends between June 1-Aug. 15.

What they’re saying

  • “What a great program,” council member John Ford said during the Feb. 5 meeting. “Even if students interview and don’t get the position, interviewing is half that process, and just getting that experience, it will be really good.”
  • “The point of this program is to prepare our youth and get them ready for employment,” Wooten said.

Stay tuned

The application window for the program will be open from March 18-April 19, according to the agenda packet.

View the Feb. 5 agenda packet below.