MINOOKA – Parents were on hand to celebrate the successes of their sons and daughters as the sixth Grundy County Summer Internship Program came to a close.
An internship recognition dinner was held Tuesday at Chapin’s Banquets and Catering in Minooka to recognize and congratulate the students that participated in the paid, hands-on internship program. Nancy Norton, president and CEO of the Grundy Economic Development Council opened the event by welcoming the businesses, educators, parents and students.
“Congratulations. This is a very competitive process,” Norton said.
The 39 paid internships this year were with 15 different companies, offering a diverse set of opportunities for local students. Applications are received from all Grundy County high schools including: Coal City, Gardner-South Wilmington, Minooka, and Morris.
Lance Copes, Director of Grundy Area Vocational Center, also addressed the crowd and discussed the benefits and opportunities that the experience of the internship had given the students.
“I don’t think we can thank (the businesses) enough,” Copes said. “You’re taking what we’ve been talking about in classrooms and putting it right in front of them.”
Copes also encouraged the interns to keep in touch with their mentors and ask if there are opportunities to work during school breaks or even again next summer.
State Sen. Sue Rezin introduced the company representatives along with their interns. Senator Rezin emphasized that the students should be proud that they were chosen to work at some of the finest businesses in Grundy County.
The internships offer a chance to gain meaningful professional work experience and learn more about the many different employment options within the community.