Cierra Geiger, 16, manned the cash register at Undersea Outfitters, a dive shop in Westminster where she has spent her summer providing customer service, filling dive tanks and unloading equipment. “I applied to a lot jobs but I couldn’t find one,” said Geiger, a student at the Gateway school. “Most places want someone with experience, so I’m glad I was hired here.”
Geiger’s employer, Laird Brown, owner of the small business, said he wouldn’t have been able to hire help without the assistance of Carroll County Workforce Development. “Cierra has been a wonderful help,” Brown said, adding that his business, like others, took a hit in 2008 and he hasn’t had the money to hire extra help. “They did a good job screening candidates.” I will do this for as long as they want,” said Brown, who plans to write a good recommendation for Geiger to help with her next job.