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STEM Summer Internship 2015
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Thursday, June 04, 2015
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This year 23 companies hired 37 Coffee High students.  That's a 300% increase from 2013!  The following photos are in order from newest to oldest so you might like to scroll to the bottom to begin.  Or not!  We will update as Ms. Cribbs gets to visit all 37 students.  Come back soon☺

It's Poinsettia season at Sunbelt Greenhouses and STEM Intern Jose Castro is working alongside HR Manager Ben Lott. It's hard to believe that these plants will be big and red by the holiday season!



STEM intern Mehfuza Patel attends staff meeting at Fresher Brands, Inc. The management team, Luke and Brendan, are giving her on the job training in marketing management.



Interns Ezequiel and Travis were actually discussing OSHA standards when I arrived at Southwire this morning.  Safety is Job 1 at Southwire!


Graduating senior and STEM Intern Tyler Bennett is working in Engineering with the City of Douglas. Tyler remarks that this is his first job and responsibility is the biggest thing he has learned. He said that he felt like a real "grown-up."


Ms. Cribbs' friend and STEM partner, Deborah Patton, volunteers her time to work with interns.  Ms. Cribbs says that Ms. Patton's skills also help her keep her job!  Ms. Patton, Ms. Cribbs couldn't do it without you!


Andrea Taylor, Chamber V. P. , guiding STEM Interns in leadership skills training. 


Allie Morgan with CRH Physicians Practices comments on STEM, "this STEM Internship, being my first job ever, has taught me responsibility, Diligent work ethic and how to interact with adults." Allie plans to major in biology and pursue a medical career.

STEM Intern Patrik Britton works for City of Douglas Waste Water Treatment Plant. Yep, some of our interns get down and dirty in this hot weather!

2015 STEM Intern Koby McClelland says his favorite thing each day is the real-life work experience he's getting through this program. Not only is he learning the use of architectural software and blueprint reading and interpretation, he is taking an active role at Harper and Company Builders by acting in a supervisory role with some other part-time Summer employees. He works both inside and outside and is doing "ride-alongs" to meetings and bidding opportunities with his supervisor. Koby plans to attend Southern Poly when he graduates and wants to work in the architecture/design/construction area. Jeffrey Harper, owner at Harper and Company Construction and Koby's supervisor, talks about the importance of real-world experience when we discuss the STEM Summer Internship program. He says a couple of schools rise to the top when talking about architecture and construction programs. Jeffery says he'll take graduates from Southern Poly and Georgia Southern above other schools because of their emphasis on real-life application as opposed to theoretical situations. Thanks for being part of our program!

Koby is learning to use architectural design software in addition to his "boots on the ground" experience this summer.

Knowing how to read and interpret a blueprint as well as understanding the materials required is vital to someone in the construction industry. Here, Jeffrey Harper discusses with Koby McClelland a major renovation project at a school in a nearby county. Koby has been involved in all aspects of the business since starting his STEM internship.

This is the whole bunch of STEM Interns 2015! These kids spoke at the June Chamber Power Lunch. They honored employers, more specifically the supervisors and coworkers at the host companies.

We've managed to get a photo of about 1/2 of the 23 employers who have done so much for these young folks! As one young man said, "We have had a chance to do hands on things that we've read about in the classrooms." What an opportunity for some of the best and brightest in Coffee!


Optima Chemical LLC has employed 2 CHS students for the summer.  GA Tech-bound Noah Wolfert, Francis Lott Scholarship recipient, and Whitney Wilson, STEM Intern, are pictured with Chemical Engineer Katie Holloway. Coffee County rocks with outstanding business partners!

Look closely! 2nd year SGSC STEM Intern Jonathan Ingram has his name on the door! Thanks SGSC for making all of us feel so welcome!

STEM Interns at the Boys and Girls Club of the Coffee County Region work VERY hard. Not only do they work with the students to teach them how to use computer software like "Build your character", but they help them learn to love reading and how to stay healthy. Rosie Veal, Interim Site Coordinator says, "All of these students are great at self motivation. Now I'm ready to see them step up and start planning activities on their own." Judy Artis, BGC Director said, after the STEM interviews were completed, "These students are so smart and so eager. I wish I could hire them all!" She tried....BGCCCR has six (6) interns this summer. They are Alicia Day and Mariah Hutcheson, who were away today.... Elvira Lopez, Grace Womack, Jaymin Patel, and Tejal Patel.



You can see the students keep everyone hopping! Jaymin said his favorite thing is "the smile when a kid has a good day."

Jaymin and Tejal pass out tablets to begin a lesson on Internet safety. Tejal says her favorite part of working with the kids is the field trips they get to take since they "get opportunities to see things they might not see otherwise.

Grace Womack says her favorite part of her internship is "the interaction with the kids and teaching them through the use of technology." As you can see, she's quite popular too! Never a dull moment.

Elvira Lopez loves "working with the kids, reading to them, and using the computer programs to help teach them."

The Coffee County medical community has made a solid investment in the future of medical care by mentoring 6 CHS STEM Interns who have the grades and ambition to seek a career in medicine. Coffee Regional is hosting Kristen Davis, J. B. Hicks and Chandler Mullis. Sydney Herrington and Allie Morgen are employed by CRH Physician Practices.

Chandler Mullis is employed by CRMC.  He is pictured with Gail Gillis, RN. Chandler wants to become an Anesthesiologist. He just finished the year as State FBLA Vice President.

The Coffee County Schools IT Department is a founding member of the STEM Summer Internship program. This is the 3rd year as an employer and this year they are mentoring Coffee County Career Academy Student Alex Williams. When Alex was asked what he liked about his job, he said, "Every day I get to do something to help children learn and that's an important job." Amen Alex. I couldn't have said it better.


Mark Spikes, President of Staffmate, Inc., joined STEM Employers last summer. As Mark said, "We really need to be a part of this program." This summer Esmeralda Medina was chosen because she is bilingual and has excellent computer skills. Pictured with Esmeralda is Office Assistant, Teaira Bennett.

 When Mehfuza Patel interviewed for a STEM internship in April, she explained to the interviewing committee that she planned to pursue a degree in marketing. Brendan Wiederhold from Fresher Brands, Inc., immediately hired her in the company's marketing department. Mehfuza looks forward to going to work everyday! Pictured are Hannah Harrell, Executive Assistant, and Mehfuza.

 The Coffee County medical community has invested in future doctors and nurses by hiring 6 STEM interns who plan medical careers. Sydney Herrington is the young lady peering into the microscope. Nearby is Dr. Bradley Goldberg and Interim Practice Coordinator Carey Davis.

Proof that STEM kids can survive without cell phones!

 Elixir Door and Metals Co., is mentoring 2 STEM Summer Interns. Pictured is Bruce Carver, CHS Video/Broadcasting Student, who is producing safety videos for the company. Bruce is planning a career in film production.

Nikki Moorman has been selected as a STEM Intern since the program began 3 years ago. She has interned at Premium Waters and now is at Elixir Door and Metals Co. Nikki is a one in a million kids who volunteers to speak at civic clubs about the STEM program.  

Premium Waters, Inc., STEM Interns Hunter Wooten and Logan Atkinson wrote that they were officially part of the Premium family.  Both young men said that Premium treats them like real employees with an important job to do.  As Hunter said, "We are learning for life." Out of the mouth of a 16-year-old!

Southwire Engineer Ibra Djack shows STEM Interns the Southwire plant. Hopefully there are several future engineers in this group!  Wouldn't be nice if they became engineers and came back to make Douglas their home?!

STEM is not just a jobs program.  Each Friday afternoon, companies volunteer to host all of us in workplace/career training.  Today Southwire graciously hosted and provided lunch.  The leader today is Haley Scheeser from SGSC. As you can see she is talking one on one with Ezequal Gatduno.

Elixir Extrusions, LLC, Engineer Earl Mullis shows GA Tech-bound Kieran Lane the ins and outs of engineering.  Kieran is a 1st-year STEM Intern.

What? STEM Interns have to sweat? Sure thing! Jonathan Ingram is at South Georgia State College again this summer. He's seen here pulling cabling in preparation for computer lab upgrades. Supervisor Jimmy Harper and Tech Support specialist Jason Shepherd speak highly of Jon's self motivation. Jonathan says "Each part of the job has its own happy quirks. I enjoy all aspects of it." (Thank you, Brad Riner, for sharing this!)

Whether helping check MSDS (Manufacturer's Safety Data Sheets) or working to help make sure all inventory is on the company network, Coats and Clark STEM Intern Andrea Martinez says "This company definitely stresses safety." Pictured with Andrea is Ron Mancil from Coats and Clark. (Thank you, Brad Riner, for sharing this!)

STEM Interns don't mind hard work!  Micah Norman is working with Thompson Machine Shop's, Andrew and James.  Good job Micah!

Dr. James Barber of Southeastern Orthopedics is hosting a STEM intern this year.  Pictured with a "patient" are Joel Hernandez, PA-C, and Intern Mason Spann.  Mason plans to attend Emory University and become an anesthesiologist.

Kim Voyles and Raymond Navarro, System Administrator, welcomed STEM interns Anthoni Strickland and Diego Escobar to the RTO Financial Group family!

Thank you, Fletcher Oil Co. for chosing 2nd-year STEM Intern, Rebecca Fabian!  Rebecca is pictured with employees Maureen Wilson and Chris Hand.

We're proud of another second-year STEM Intern, Maria Hall!  She is pictured with Charles Lewis Construction Company Office Manager, Nell Sturgis, on the first day of STEM Internship 2015.

Monday, June 1.  It's 7:00 a.m. and STEM interns Travis Meeks and Ezequal Garduno are ready for work!  They are pictured here with Southwire employees Sandy Sharpe and Todd Ursrey.

Congratulations to Jonathan Ingram who will intern at South Georgia State College for the 2nd year as a STEM Summer Intern!

THIRTY-SEVEN STEM Summer Interns and 23 employers this year.  Many thanks to our School, Business, and Industry Connection the Douglas/Coffee County Chamber of Commerce!















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