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Need good help? Call 712-362-7931

May 13, 2009
by Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

t has been my privilege to know a very motivated and talented group of young men over the past four months. They're experts in construction, farming, electric circuitry and mechanics. These young men are students in my business communications class that I am teaching at Iowa Lakes Community College right in Estherville.

But they're not going to be here for long.

In a few, short days, students in the Iowa Lakes Community College wind turbine and energy technology program will return to their homes. They include young men from not only Iowa, but from around the country.

Until last summer, students in the program between their first and second years were pretty much guaranteed internships with the wind energy company of their choice.

However, while the wind industry continues to hire, it appears that many of these same companies prefer not to have interns through the summer, only to have them return to college in the fall. They would actually prefer to hire them with just one year of college under their belt.

However, these students are dedicated to completing their programs. As a result, it appears that wind companies are reticent to put them on as interns through the summer. A few have summer internships. However, many do not.

Many of these students completing their first year of studies have worked their entire lives on farms. So they know what work is.

Some started their own construction or landscaping companies. So they know creativity and ingenuity.

They all know something about turning a wrench and electrical circuitry, which makes them handy in all phases of construction.

And I can tell you that every single one of them only needs to be told something once to get it. And they all turn in their work on time or early.

If you're a farmer, mechanic, or contractor, you won't find better summer help.

But you'd better call Angie DeJong right now at 712-362-7931 before they're gone for the summer.



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