Demand high for high school-age workers in Washoe County

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SPARKS, NV (KOLO) With school out for the summer, more high school students are entering the workplace.

“I would say the majority of our support sales and cashiers are high school students,” said Blaze Hernandez of Scheels – a company that employs many people under the age of 18.

“Not a lot of people have jobs during school hours,” said 16-year-old cashier Kailin Haire. “A lot of people want to have their parents pay for everything.”

The demand for high school students in the workplace is high, but less than half of them are actually taking part in it.

As of 2017, The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reports 36% of 16- to 19-year-olds are employed in Washoe County. That is up 4% percent from 10 years prior.

Wild Island is one of the largest employers of high school students in our area.

“We hire as young as 14; we go up from there. We have cashiers, food operators, lifeguards, everything under the sun. Literally,” said Aundrea Nieto of Wild Island.

Nieto says Wild Island hires between 100 and 150 high school students every year. Some, like Jadyn Hitchcock, have worked there for several years.

“This is your own money,” she remarked. “They can’t take this away from you. It’s a sense of pride that no one can take it.”

Wild Island is still hoping to hire more lifeguards and slide operators.

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