It’s been a remarkable spring and summer for Greeley city government with a variety of changes to City office space downtown, the launch of year 4 for the Greeley Unexpected campaign, the first road projects funded by the new voter-approved sales tax, and a number of other major projects.
One interesting and relatively new addition to our City offices and operations is the sight of so many high school interns. Through a series of local grants, 85 high school students are enrolled in this year’s summer internship program. The program is a collaboration between the Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) initiative and Greeley-Evans School District 6 (SD6) and supported by the city of Greeley and local organizations and businesses.
There is definitely a connection here among the various entities in the community working alongside SD6 to support students. Where the district has their Career Explore internship and shadowing program, the city of Greeley has both ACE and the G.Town Promise and its partners, along with Mayor Norton’s Workforce Initiative.
This is not just a “government program.” A number of businesses are either contributors to these programs and/or they are host businesses for summer interns. Examples of host businesses include, Burris Manufacturing, EnviroTech Services, Flood and Peterson Insurance, FMS Bank, Sunrise Clinic, Front Range Dermatology, Hensel Phelps Construction, Greeley Tribune, and others. Then there’s Aims Community College, Greeley and Evans city government, SD6, Boy Scouts, and Boys and Girls Club as additional host sites.
It’s great to have these 19 students in our midst—learning and contributing—while exploring the real world so that they can be career-ready after they accomplish their educational goals.
Roy H. Otto