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Program to offer summer work for area college students

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer
After a successful first year for the program, summer work opportunities with local industries are again being sponsored by the Lincoln County Industrial Manager’s Association for interested college students planning to spend their summers in the area.
The Lincoln Economic Development Association is currently accepting applications.
Designed specifically for students majoring in subjects such as engineering, accounting, logistics, supply-chain management and human resources, the program provides valuable experience by allowing the participants to put their education to real-world use with some of the county’s biggest manufacturing employers.
Last summer’s inaugural program was “received with overwhelming success,”

noted a LEDA press release.
This year, the IMA is sponsoring the program again with the intent to encourage students to return to Lincoln County upon graduation and invest themselves in their home community, said the release.
“As a college student that may have left this area, it may not seem possible there is a job waiting for you here in a specialized field like chemistry, engineering or information technologies,” said Kara Brown, existing business manager with LEDA. “That is simply not true, and this program is intended to open the door to all the possibilities that are represented in manufacturing, which includes job opportunities and the high potential for earning.”
“In addition to these positions, there is always a need for skilled electricians, mechanical technicians and welders,” she added.
Each opportunity is individually designed by participating manufacturers, with the objective to have students working on projects, problems and processes to help build both their work experiences and resumes. Any current student who has Lincoln County residency, graduated with an associate degree or finished at least their sophomore year of college is eligible to submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.
“The IMA is committed to the development of college students from Lincoln County, as evidenced by our continued support of the summer internship program,” said David Lee, location director for Robert Bosch Tool Corporation and chair of the IMA, in the release. “Manufacturing companies get valuable service from eager participants while providing hands-on experience to the students, which is invaluable when searching for a full-time position.”
“The intern initiative is another chance to showcase Lincoln County businesses and the opportunities we provide for all our citizens,” he added.
Applicants’ resumes will be distributed to participating businesses for consideration by LEDA, who is acting as a clearing house for the summer-program candidates.
If selected for the interview process, contact will be made directly by the interested company and the candidate will be sent through the hiring process. Summer employment dates will be determined by the individual company and student.
Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Brown via email at kara@lincolneda.org. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
For more information, call (704) 732-1511, extension 2.

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