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Meet the 2019 Grundy County internship participants

Forty-three Grundy County students participated in paid internships this year were with 16 different companies, which offered a diverse set of opportunities for local students.
Forty-three Grundy County students participated in paid internships this year were with 16 different companies, which offered a diverse set of opportunities for local students.

Thanks to the generosity of Morris Hospital, a kickoff breakfast was held to formally recognize and congratulate the 43 students selected for the 2019 Grundy County Internship Program.

Nikki Wills, business director of the GEDC opened the event by thanking the businesses, students, and educators in attendance.

Kenny Lee, superintendent of Minooka Community High School, and Erin Murphy-Frobish, vice president of human resources at Morris Hospital, also addressed the students.

The program began in 2013 with just 12 internships and three companies. The program continues to become more competitive as over 125 students applied for the positions.

The Grundy County Internship Program was based on a mutual desire expressed by leaders in education and industry to highlight local employment opportunities and retain local talent in Grundy County.

State Sen.Sue Rezin, R-Morris (who also addressed the students at the breakfast event) and the GEDC partnered with local industry and education to launch the program in 2013.

The 2019 Grundy County summer interns were:

Aux Sable: Ben Kreiger, Jessica Murphy. Nikolas States

“D” Construction: Ryan Chapman, Aidan Connor, Jessica Hanley, Matt Jurak, Austin Pullara

Excel Machine& Tool, Inc.: Pedro Espinoza, Zennon Shain

First Midwest Back: Kameron Dransfeldt

GEDC: Nicole Guth

Joliet Junior College: Kayla Aitkenhead, Gabriella Calderone, Marissa Escobedo, Morgan Larson, Sarah Schultz, Allyson Scholtes

LyondellBasell: Kailyn Houglund, Shane O’Brien, Daniel Rodriguez, Claudia Salazar

Mack & Associates: Grace Larson, Casi Valdes

Metalstamp

Dakota Nelson

Morris Hospital: Grace Bette, Kaitlyn Cochran, Luke Dvorak, Jenna Emmons, Grace Feigl, Preston Johnson, Kade Kjellesvik, Grace McClimon, Lauren Phillips, Krista Runchey

NAF Axles: Cole Gerovac

Rezin Orthopedics: Morgan Garcia, Alayna Kjellesvik

SPACECO: Alec Ferrari

US Cold Storage: Marissa Billie, Sage Reische

Village of Channahon: Kaleb Speitzer

Village of Minooka: Ella Ferguson

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