Posted on 10/11/2016 at 03:21 PM by Dena Boelter
Kirkwood Community College has a unique program called the Workplace Learning Connection. This program pairs high school students with local businesses, in order to help them gain real-world experience through internships or job shadows. Don Hummer Trucking recently partnered with Workplace Learning Connection to offer an internship at our corporate office.
Kirkwood matched us with Wesley Smith, a senior at Clear Creek Amana High School. His Internship has been focused mainly on Human Resources, but he was able to learn about many areas of the company. Here's what Wes has to say about his experience:
"I came into this internship thinking that I would be shadowing Dena, the Director of Human Resources, for 60 hours. Instead, I was able to learn about the entire office process, which was very rewarding. I spent time in various departments including Safety, Operations, Recruiting, Marketing, and Human Resources.
I was taught how to audit, which in my opinion would be one of the most frustrating careers, and I don’t think that I could ever be paid enough. I also sat through the hiring process of an office employee, which is something that I hope to do when I have enough experience.
I started by learning from Matt and Andrea in Recruiting about how they bring drivers to the company. I then sat with Greg and Akeyla in the Safety Department and learned about insurance policies and filing. I was also able to sit in the Operations room with Scott and Mark, which was very cool. I enjoyed seeing how they decide what truck goes where, all with just a few mouse clicks, and a lot of practice and thought. Erin taught me about the social media side of the business - about how she decides to post, and what she posts. I was even able to make a few posts myself.
I am thankful for the opportunity that Don Hummer Trucking gave me. I appreciate Dena and everyone else who took the time to show me what they do. I was not only able to find out want I’d like to study in college (Human Resources), but I was also able to learn about what all goes into making a successful company run."
Today is Wesley's last day. We appreciate all the work he has done for us, and we have enjoyed having him in our office. We know his future endeavors will be a success!
To learn more about Kirkwood's Workplace Learning Connection, visit: http://www.kirkwood.edu/wlc