Multiple Area Businesses Host Nex-Generation Student Interns
Businesses across northwest and north central Kansas are playing host to 33 high school and college interns in the fifth year of the Nex-Generation Student Internship Program. The program enables students age 16 and over with a paid, summer experience where they receive hands-on instruction in technical and non-technical careers. The program is coordinated through Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., a non-profit based in Lenora, Kansas.
“We are all about keeping our young people here in the area they call home,” states Nex-Generation’s Executive Director Jacque Beckman. “Some of us may be guilty of telling our kids or our grandkids that there are no opportunities here. The truth is: there are lots of opportunities.”
Mendi Anschutz, Nex-Tech’s Economic Development/Networking Specialist, agrees. “We started this program at Nex-Tech in 2011 with 6 interns. Two years ago, we opened up the program to local businesses, and a true culture shift has begun. Already we are seeing students remain in the area as soon as they graduate from college. Their internships with businesses right in their own counties is one of the reasons.”
This summer’s Nex-Generation interns and their respective businesses include the following:
Natalie Acosta, daughter of Heriberto and Carmen Acosta of Syracuse, interning with Colby Community College in Colby.
Reganne Barker, daughter of Rodney and Lora Barker of Tipton, interning with Farmers Bank of Osborne in Osborne.
Bergan Bock, daughter of Doyle and Julie Bock of Bird City, interning with Cheyenne County Development Corp. (CCDC) in St. Francis. (CCDC is in its third year of participation in the program.)
Zach Boxberger, son of Justin and Kim Boxberger of Russell, interning with Nex-Tech in Hays. (Nex-Tech is in its fifth year of participation in the program.)
Thatcher Brown, son of Troy and Sherri Brown of Hays, interning for the second year with Waddell & Reed, Inc. in Hays and Hill City. (Waddell & Reed is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Karlee Braun, daughter of Delton and Gina Braun of Phillipsburg, interning with Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC, of Phillipsburg.
Landon Cook, son of Renee Cook of McPherson, interning with Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) in Lincoln. (LCEDF is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Stephen Edison Cummings, son of Jerry and Sharon Cummings of Norton, interning with Sign Solutions in Phillipsburg.
Leah David, daughter of Troy and DeAnn David of Lenora, interning with Nex-Tech in Lenora.
Ryan Deaver, son of Patrick and Gina Deaver of WaKeeney, interning with Shiloh Vineyard of WaKeeney. (Shiloh is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Will Ellis, son of Scott and Darla Ellis of Norton, interning for the second year with the City of Norton. (The City of Norton is in its third year of participation in the program.)
Renee Elpers, daughter of Pat and Lori Elpers of Cheney, interning with Nex-Generation in Lenora, Hill City, and Hays.
Jake Hamilton, son of Tiffany Hamilton of Bird City, interning with Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association in Bird City.
Taylor Haven, daughter of Todd and Michelle Haven of Smith Center, interning for the third year with Smith County Memorial Hospital (SCMC) in Smith Center. (SCMC is in its third year of participation in the program.)
Ashtin Heath, daughter of Kim and Dan Heath of Great Bend, interning with Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse.
Mason Herrman, son of Curt and Becky Herrman of Manhattan, interning with Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation in Lincoln.
Zack Hughes, son of David and Beth Hughes of Junction City, interning with the City of Norton.
Hannah Imm, daughter of Corey and Mandy Imm of Phillipsburg, interning with The Shepherd’s Mill in Phillipsburg.
Leo Jirak, son of Greg and Jackie Jirak of Oakley, interning with the CCC Endowment Foundation in Colby.
Macy Kasson, son of Kirk and Kim Kasson of Almena, interning with Midwest Family Health in Phillipsburg.
Kollette Keeten, daughter of Greg and Tonya Keeten of Glade, interning for the second year with Phillipsburg Chamber and Main Street in Phillipsburg. (The Chamber is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Garrett Lemon, son of Ron and Terese Lemon of Hoxie, interning with Foote Cattle/Hoxie Feedyard in Hoxie.
Zach May, son of Roland and Pam May of Oberlin, interning with Oberlin-Decatur County Economic Development and Chamber in Oberlin.
Tianne McCoy, daughter of Brad and Stacey McCoy of Harlan, interning with Osborne County Memorial Hospital in Osborne.
Erik Medrano, son of Ernesto and Diana Medrano of Kansas City, Missouri, interning in a shared capacity with Russell County Economic Development in Russell and Smoky Hill Development Corporation in Ellsworth.
Alison Miller, daughter of Jerry and Tammy Miller of Stockton, interning with Farmers & Ranchers Outlet in Phillipsburg.
Gus Nickelson, son of Steve and Saundra Nickelson of Penokee, interning with Graham County Hospital (GCH) in Hill City. (GCH is in its third year of participation in the program.)
Raenee Patterson, daughter of Eric and Jennie Patterson of Norton, interning for the second year with Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) in Norton. (NCCF is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Nicholas Pennington, son of Derek and Sarah Peine of Hays, interning with Western Cooperative Electric in WaKeeney.
Brittney Reed, daughter of Keith and Linda Funk of Quinter, interning with Midwest Energy, Inc., (MWE) in Hays. (MWE is in its second year of participation in the program.)
Eli Sherwood, son of Sara Sherwood and John Sherwood of WaKeeney, interning with Curt Fabrizius Plumbing in WaKeeney.
Callie Uehlin, daughter of Traci Jennings of Norton and Paul Uehlin of Oberlin, interning with Northwest Kansas Library System (NWKLS) in Norton. (NWKLS is in its third year of participation in the program.)
Jaycee Wallace, daughter of Jason and Tamara Wallace of Beverly, interning with Unified School District (USD) 298 in Lincoln. (USD 298 is in its second year of participation in the program.)
“We are thrilled to offer this amazing opportunity and look forward to having more businesses and students involved,” states Beckman. “Not only can they participate in the summer internship program, but they can also get involved in our work study/apprentice scholarship program during the school year.”
Funding for the internships has been made possible by Nex-Generation Business Partners: Nex-Tech and customers participating in the Nex-Generation Round Up Program; Phillips County Economic Development; Dane G. Hansen Foundation and its partnership with Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension; Midwest Energy, Inc., and Cunningham Telephone and Cable.