JEDCO engages intern from Jacksonville College
Pictured from left to right are Dr. Mike Smith, Dean Marolyn Welch, Dr. Patricia Richey, Thomas Ghiringhelli, James Hubbard, Dr. Blanton Feaster.
The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) is pleased to announce on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Jacksonville College student Thomas Ghiringhelli began an internship with JEDCO.
In early 2019, JEDCO staff met with officials from Jacksonville College to lay the groundwork for future partnerships and programs. The discussion centered on opportunities to engage JC students in the local workforce.
It was determined student internships would be an ideal starting place to develop and strengthen ties between the college and employers.
“Jacksonville College is committed to providing students a platform to learn, but equally important, opportunities for them to apply their knowledge,” Jacksonville College President Dr. Mike Smith said. “ The core values we instill in students are timeless, but we are devoted to heightening our relevance in the community by shaping curriculum and offerings to meet local needs.”
Ghiringhelli grew up in Rusk and was home-schooled through high school, before starting at Jacksonville College. He expects to finish coursework at JC this spring and to join the Texas National Guard in the fall of 2019. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2016 and has an extensive record of volunteer service and leadership.
Ghiringhelli is expected to work with JEDCO through the end of May 2019.
“I am confident Thomas will produce great results,” JEDCO President James Hubbard said. “Our area is fortunate to have Jacksonville College and we look forward to helping businesses connect with the talented students and resources they offer.”
JEDCO was established in 1995 by the voters of Jacksonville. JEDCO is a type B corporation governed by state law and operates on a revenue from a half-cent sales tax.
JEDCO is led by a seven-member board of directors, appointed by the Jacksonville City Council.
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