Pickens Internship Program Students Celebrate Success

By APS Communication Intern Giselle De Haro

The Pickens Technical College Executive Internship Program provides APS high school seniors opportunities to gain professional experience in the career fields they plan to pursue before committing time and money toward college preparation. The program recently hosted its annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner and Ceremony to thank individuals and businesses who welcomed APS interns.

The Executive Internship Program is grateful for their partnerships with outstanding businesses, hospitals, schools, city services, police, veterinary services and many more. Over the course of a semester, interns volunteered approximately 100 hours with their sponsors and attended an additional 60 hours of instructional time in the classroom to learn workplace skills.

During the event, students were presented with various awards including $3,000 in scholarships donated by EIP Advisory Board members and sponsors. Meliza Castrejon Calvillo, Giselle De Haro, Mahayla Griggs, Julieta Gutierrez each earned a $500 scholarship and Gloria Maboussou was awarded a $1000 scholarship.

The Board also presented President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Bronze awards (for 100+ hours of community service) went to 47 students and silver awards (175+ hours) were presented to 10 students. Students Brayden Curnow, Brooklyn Hopkins, Chantelle Lewis, and Rachal Nguyen earned gold awards for 250+ hours of community service.

One by one, interns stood at the podium to thank their sponsors. They rejoiced about their internships and shared their future plans as their families looked on with pride.

Intern and scholarship recipient Meliza Castrejon Calvillo said, “They have inspired me to follow in their footsteps and one day use my degree to serve the people.”

The evening went smoothly thanks to student-selected hosts Christian Drevon, Norbert Espinell, Avery Hill, and Chantelle Lewis.

The Pickens Technical College Executive Internship Program has great sponsors and is always looking for more. If you or a business you know is interested in welcoming an intern, please contact Kim Wisneski at 303-344-4910, ext. 27745. Students interested in interning should contact their school counselor.

We thank the sponsors who mentored our interns and the EIP Advisory Board and instructors for making the ceremony possible.

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