The internship program grows stronger during a pandemic
DOBSON – Surry-Yadkin Works, the first such community internship program in North Carolina spanning a two-county region, is hosting a virtual kickoff on Tuesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. for anyone interested in learning more about this business and educational initiative.
To join the virtual meeting, enter bit.ly/SYWKickoff in your web browser to join the video conference. You might need to quickly download the Microsoft Teams app before joining the meeting.
Crystal Folger-Hawks, Surry-Yadkin Works Program Director, will provide an overview of the program followed by presentations from students from Katie Kellam, Elkin High School, Certified Nursing Assistant at the Northern Regional Hospital; Trevor Moxley, Starmount High School, maintenance intern at Unifi; Chloe Hunter, East Surry High School, e-commerce intern at Leonard USA; and Carlos Salmeron, Mount Airy High School, construction intern at Smith-Rowe LLC.
Business partners will share their experience with Surry-Yadkin Works, including Smith “Smitty” Williams, head of human resources at Unifi and Chris Lumsden, president and CEO of the Northern Regional Hospital. Cecilia Holden, President and CEO of myFutureNC, a statewide non-profit organization focused on academic achievement, will also be a guest speaker.
Surry-Yadkin Works started with 50 students placed on internships for the spring semester of 2021. The program is the collaborative effort of four public school systems in Surry and Yadkin counties, including schools in Elkin City. , Mount Airy Town Schools, Surry County Schools and Yadkin County Schools, as well as Surry Community College, to create a unique approach to an internship program.
The funding is also a joint effort with pledges from Surry County Commissioners and Yadkin County Commissioners. An anonymous contributor donated $ 100,000 following a presentation of the program at an educational summit. Surry-Yadkin Works officially began on January 1.
The first youth apprenticeship program for registered nurses in North Carolina began with 13 interns from Surry-Yadkin Works who began working as employees at the North Regional Hospital in January. Twelve of the students have been hired as certified practical nurses and one is employed as a patient care technician.
The students are: Laney Cave, Carrie McKeaver and Ashley Sewell from Surry Central High School; Jenny Cortes and Natalie Evans of Mount Airy High School; Tynlee Jones and Julie Marshall of East Surry High School; Katie Kellam of Elkin High School; Eryn O’Neal and Annsley Puckett of North Surry High School; Emily Santiago Orellana of Surry Early College High School; Anna Serrano of Starmount High School; and Reagan Wooten of Forbush High School.
This opportunity is part of the United States Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Program and the state’s ApprenticeshipNC program through the NC Community College System Office, which combines a paid on-the-job learning experience with academics leading to national certification. These students have the opportunity to earn free tuition for Surry Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, which allows students to become registered nurses.
37 other Surry-Yadkin Works interns work for companies and organizations in Surry and Yadkin counties. These students along with their high schools, work locations and job titles are as follows:
Mont Airy Haut School: Raydan Hawks, Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation, Certified Practical Nursing (CNA) Intern and Carlos Salmeron, Smith-Rowe LLC, Triage Team Member.
North Surry High School: Luke Wagoner, Cedar Ridge Elementary, Trainee Guardian; Chris Parker, Vega Construction Company, project management intern; Emma Crouse and Emily Johnson, Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation, CNA interns; Weatherly Reeves, Interlam Design, Social Media Marketing Intern; Megan Angel and Cainan Dollyhigh, operators of AutoCAD Johnson Granite; Caleb Doss, Johnson Granite, Manufacturer Intern; Mackenzie Yoder, Leonard USA, installation intern; and Leah Cain and Azeneth Espinosa, Surry County Schools, CNA interns.
East of Surry High School: Ripley Cottrell, Shoals Elementary School, Trainee Guardian; Chloe Hunter and Brianna Whitaker, Leonard USA, e-commerce interns; Hailey Flynn and Cassidy Hewitt, Surry County Schools, CNA Interns; and Victor Hall, Dobson Elementary, trainee guardian.
Surry Central High School: Morgan Dawson, Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation, CNA Intern; Peggy Prevette, Shepherd’s House, Education Program Intern; Carter Jones, Surry communications, supply and storage intern; and Tiffany Payne, Surry County Schools, CNA Intern;
Surry Early College High School: Anahi Nunez, Altec, office automation intern; Estefania Camacho, Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation, CNA intern; Matthew Gillespie, Interlam Design, CNC programmer; Leslie Nguygen, REF Properties, accounting / office automation assistant; Jesus Nava, Tampco, machine trainee; and Lesshawn Phillips, Workforce Unlimited, IT intern.
In addition, other students from Forbush and Starmount High Schools and Yadkin Early College High School are participating.
Students started their internships on January 11 and will work until May 14. They will receive high school or college credits for their employment as well as a monthly allowance for travel expenses.
For more information on the virtual launch program or event, contact Crystal Folger-Hawks at 336-401-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.surryyadkinworks.org. can follow Surry-Yadkin Works on Facebook and Instagram @surryyadkinworks and on Twitter @SurYadWorks.