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Grundy Economic Development recognizes interns

GEDC's summer interns were recognized recently.
GEDC's summer interns were recognized recently.

Parents were on hand to celebrate the successes of their sons and daughters as the fifth Grundy County Summer Internship Program came to a close. Nearly 40 students 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. State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, introduced the company representatives along with their interns.

Sen. 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.

Lance Copes, director of the Grundy Area Vocational Center, also addressed the crowd and discussed the benefits and opportunities that the experience of the internships had given the students. Copes stated that there were 140 students who applied for the 39 positions and those in the room should be proud that they were selected to participate.

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.

The 39 paid internships this year were with 14 different companies, offering a diverse set of opportunities for local students. The program began in 2013 with 12 internships and three companies. Applications are received from all Grundy County high schools including Coal City, Gardner-South Wilmington, Minooka and Morris. The 2017 Grundy County summer interns were:

Aux Sable

Abigail Holloway

Daniel Rotta Jr

Matthew Robbins

“D” Construction *

Ryan Chapman

Matt Jurzak

Max Kranz

First Midwest Bank

Cory Townsend


Macey Spencer


Ryan Horrie

Jake Masters

Andrew Smith

Joliet Junior College

Abby Burns

Taylor Billie

Jackie Damian

Kira Gleason

Lauren Heafey

Claire Robbins


Jack Bauer

Liam Dudson

Ashley Jackman

Joshua Lain

Connor McGlynn

James Minton

Mack & Associates *

Casi Valdes


Bryant Galan

Seth Patterson

Morris Hospital

Nicholas Andrist

Maren Bashor

Mackenzie Christensen

Kenady Clayburn

Elizabeth Rodgers

Nathaniel Wallen

Rezin Orthopedics

Angelle Elberts

Madeline Tucker


Jacob Jackson

US Cold Storage

Margaret Bauer

Sage Reische

Jonathan Schildgen-Moore

Village of Minooka

Logan Schoen

* Denotes new 2017 participant

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