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2017 K/PACEDC Intern Breakfast
May 17, 2017
7:30 a.m.
Algona KC Hall

May 19, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, K/PACEDC. Phone: (515) 295-7979

K/PACEDC Intern Breakfast Held May 17, 2017

ALGONA - The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation held their annual Intern Breakfast on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona. Approximately 80 people attended the event. This year, there were two guest speakers from the area, Scott Curtis, KRHC Administrator, and Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Scott Curtis spoke to the interns about his internship in Mason City through Mercy hospital where he developed a connection with a mentor. He stressed to the interns the importance of finding a mentor that will challenge them and encourage them to do something they don’t want to do. He encouraged the interns to embrace their internships and make the most of their experience, and develop and maintain the relationship with their mentor.

Valerie Newhouse spoke to about the importance of internships, and said for interns to ask, Where do you want to live? What is your choice of lifestyle? Answering these questions will help guide one’s choice for their career. She also stated the benefits of living and working in rural Iowa, and encouraged the interns to get involved in their community and meet new people. Valerie thanked the businesses that support the K/PACEDC Intern Program.
Other speakers at this year’s breakfast were Bob Jennings, Kathryn Wirtz, Tiffany Elbert, Brianna Marso, Tina Ulfers, and Nick Roethler who serve on the Career-Intern Committee. The Intern Program has grown and been enhanced over the years. K/PACEDC’s Career-Intern Committee plans and volunteers to work at the various intern skill building sessions and events throughout the summer.
The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Career-Intern Program was developed seventeen years ago by K/PACEDC as a means of guaranteeing a future workforce in the Kossuth and Palo Alto counties. Elbert said, “The program encourages young adults to locate here following college and bring new businesses to the area. This program also gives them true skill building training sessions that will hopefully enhance their ability to obtain a good job and make them a committed, productive employee and community leader.”
For more information on the Intern Program, contact Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation at (515) 295-7979 or at kcedc@kossuthia.com.

Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College, and Scott Curtis, Administration of Kossuth Regional Health Center, were this year’s guest speakers. They spoke about the importance of an internship and finding a mentor.

2017 Interns participating in the K/PACEDC Summer Intern Program.

Members of the K/PACEDC Career-Intern Committee spoke about the Intern Program, skill building activities offered, and importance of a successful internship.


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