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Youth Programs in Full Swing at Tishomingo NFH
Southwest Region, June 22, 2009
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YCC employee at Tishomingo NFH, June 2009, measuring alligator snapping turtles.  Photo courtesy of TNFH staff.
YCC employee at Tishomingo NFH, June 2009, measuring alligator snapping turtles. Photo courtesy of TNFH staff. - Photo Credit: n/a
YCC employee feeding paddlefish at Tishomingo NFH, June 2009.  Photo courtesy of TNFH staff.
YCC employee feeding paddlefish at Tishomingo NFH, June 2009. Photo courtesy of TNFH staff. - Photo Credit: n/a

With fish culture duties at their peak, the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is fortunate to be serving as a host site for four youth workers this summer.  This is a classic example of a win-win working environment - the hatchery wins by having additional help during their busiest time, and the boys win by gaining valuable experience and knowledge working alongside fishery biologists and maintenance staff.

 

Two of the boys working with the hatchery are in the Youth Conservation Corps program whereby gainful employment is provided by the Service in exchange for accomplishing needed conservation work on public lands.  Their primary focus this summer is to repair our Nature Trail, in addition to assisting with various fish culture tasks.  As a goal, this program provides mentoring opportunities helping these young people become productive in the conservation work force of the future.

 

The other two young men are both college students participating in the Workforce Oklahoma Youth Employment Program funded by the Department of Labor.  Using economic stimulus monies, these young people are placed with employers working in the same line of study as their major, thus giving the students first-line training for knowledge enhancement and to be sure their choice will be a good fit as a career. In addition to fish culture activities and water quality knowledge, these summer workers will have building improvements as their main goal.  


Contact Info: Mary Davis, 580-384-5463, Mary_Davis@fws.gov



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