Once again the Towns of Durham and Middlefield will be participating in the Workforce Alliance Summer Jobs Program. The two towns seek a grant from this State agency which promotes youth employment. The focus is to encourage teens, ages 14-21, who would otherwise have difficulty finding jobs, to have successful work experience. Participants qualify either on low family income or by having a documented disability. Although placement is not guaranteed, annually 40 students have worked with area employers earning minimum wage and developing job skills. Employers benefit as well as the participant's earnings come from this grant through the Towns. Many local businesses have sponsored students since the program began. The Durham Pharmacy, Durham Fitness, Lyman's Apple Barrel, Perk on Main, Epic Horse Farm and Levi Coe Library are just a few to benefit from this opportunity. Applications are available through the transition office at Coginchaug Regional High School. Deadline for participants April 20th. Employers and potential participants are encouraged to direct questions to Elizabeth Shoudy at 860.349.7215 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Either first selectman can be contacted as well.