This year, students from College of the Sequoias spent more than 100 hours each as interns at businesses across Tulare and Kings counties.

These students participated in the Edison International Internship Scholarship program, which supports students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related majors. Through this program, 19 budding professionals got a hands-on chance to sample their intended career. 

Javier Salazar from Hanford, an industrial maintenance technology major, interned at California Dairies Inc.

“Every day I learned something new. It has been a great thing for me,” Salazar said.

Because of his internship experience, Salazar is now a full-time employee with the company.

Arthur Velasquez, an information technology major, completed his internship in the computer services department at the college itself. 

“With teamwork, we accomplished much more than we originally planned with what we were going to learn,” Velasquez said. “I have an interest in programming business software now and have different avenues of exploration for my future career.”

Student Success Coordinator Loren Kelly helped connect the students with industry professionals. 

“It is an excellent opportunity for students to gain working experience,” Kelly said.

Hanford businesses like Central Valley Meat Co. and Leprino Foods Co. have embraced the program, offering internships and an opportunity to network with them. 

As the fall semester wraps up, the scholarship program is set to begin again in January. To help students interested in signing up, the Visalia COS campus will be holding a Manufacturing Day event on Oct. 5. Students can bring their resumes and practice networking with industry professionals.

The Edison Scholarship Program is an annual collaborative project between the Tulare-Kings College and Career Collaborative, the Tulare County Office of Education, College of the Sequoias, Porterville College and Edison International.

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