Grand Junction firm among honorees for summer job efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times

A Grand Junction business that manufactures day planners, calendars and other accessories for academic and commerical makets was among the companies honored for their participation in summer jobs programs.

Action Publishing was among the companies honored at a Grand Junction event that included representatives from the Mesa County Workforce Center, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Governor’s Summer Jobs Program.

Action Publishing hired 25 teen-agers and young adults aged 16 and 21 for summer jobs, said Tauna Dean, who handles human resources and finances for the company.

The increased hiring fit in well a busy production season of assembling day planners and other materials before the start of the school year, Dean said. “It turned out really nice. We got some great candidates.”

For many of the summer hires, the jobs were their first, Dean said.

Action Publishing expects to not only participate in the summer jobs program again next year, but also expand on the effort by teaching summer hires about collaboration and time management as well as mentoring them, Dean said. “Once they leave our company, they’ll leave with a little more than a paycheck,” she said. “We’ve got big plans for this.”