Partnership between our local schools and individual businesses in the manufacturing and technology community drive the future of the workforce in Northern Colorado.  Warehouse member Vergent Products put out a call for help over the summer break and employed nearly 20 interns from area high schools and colleges.  Read on for excerpts from a recent article by Susan Scott, Business Community Coordinator for the Thompson School District.

TSD students come to the rescue in summer internships hosted by Vergent Products

Vergent interns

Tucked away in the southwest part of Loveland, Vergent Products is a local manufacturer of which you may not have heard.  However, chances are you’ve purchased or interacted with a product that they have designed, produced, and distributed, all right here in your own backyard.  Vergent Products, founded in 1995, is a complete and comprehensive product delivery company serving these markets: Medical Devices, Aerospace and Defense, Industrial & Critical Environment, and Measurement & Controls.

When Vergent was approached this spring by a nationwide company needing to increase and adjust their service delivery due to COVID-19, they were faced with a tight timeline…. [what] they needed, and needed quickly, were short term production employees.

Vergent CEO, Jay Dokter, reached out to staff at Loveland, Mountain View and Thompson Valley High Schools to find students to participate in a 6-week summer paid summer internship… 15 TSD students and 4 college-age youth answered the call and have surpassed expectations… Lonnie Minor, the supervisor working directly with the interns said that they are “raw, focused, eager to work, and eager to please.” 

During their internship, the students also had the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing industry and the career opportunities within Vergent as well as the skills and training/education needed to work in a variety of areas including: sales, project management, procurement, product development and design, service, quality planning, and supply chain and distribution.  Vergent expressed to the students that they love to promote from within, and a couple of the older interns had already accepted permanent positions with the company.

Vergent intern from TVHS

The Thompson School District is proud to partner with Vergent Products.  Vergent has worked with students in the high school Entrepreneurship Program and has hosted a middle school student in the E3 program as well.  Additionally, they partner with TSD, the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership and Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development to host interactive tours for students enrolled in manufacturing and design classes throughout our district.  We are grateful for the many community partnerships that provide career exploration opportunities for students and staff.