The city of Palmdale is accepting registration for its July session of the “Palmdale Works! Youth Job Academy.”

Created in 2008 to help the youth prepare for the competitive job market, the Youth Job Academy is designed to assist students in seeking employment, applying and interviewing for jobs, as well as developing strong work skills to ultimately keep the job.

The academy is free of charge but pre-registration is required, and it’s open to youth ages 15 through 18.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays July 9 through 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38550 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.

During the course of the program, academy students will be taught how to dress and prepare for a job interview. They will also meet employers from local businesses, and role-play in mock interviews. Participants must attend each session to graduate.

“Participation in a program like this speaks volumes to potential employers about the motivation and commitment of any young person entering the job market,” said Palmdale’s Community Programs Coordinator Trish Jones.

Interested students may apply online at www.cityofpalmdale.org/youth. For more information, call (661) 267-5473.