Gesipa, DCCC start internship program

Published 9:41 am Thursday, October 8, 2015

Davidson County Community College started a student internship program for transfer students with Gesipa.

As a world-leading manufacturer, Gesipa builds blind fastening systems for building, automotive and agriculture industries.

DCCC faculty member, Amy Holmes recently completed an internship with the Davie County Partnership for Workforce Development in the summer of 2015. During Holmes’ internship, she had the opportunity to visit four companies in the Davie County area.

One was with Gesipa, a company that has manufacturing locations in North Carolina, Louisiana, Germany, England, and China. Holmes realized while visiting Gesipa that DCCC transfer students would strongly benefit from an internship with the company and gain exposure to skills necessary for any industry.

She then worked with several Gesipa employees to develop an internship program open to transfer students enrolled in DCCC’s associate degree program. Gesipa welcomed the idea of the program Holmes and her team developed.

Students that take course ACA 122 College Transfer Success at the Davie Campus and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 are able to apply for the internship.

“I am delighted that Gesipa was open to this concept,” Holmes said. “The critical thinking gained by students during this time with Gesipa is vital to their future.”

Dennis Argueta is a DCCC student who is interning with Gesipa this semester. Argueta is responsible for projects that help him develop skills necessary for becoming a well-rounded employee.

Argueta will graduate in May 2016 and plans to attend UNC Charlotte and major in civil engineering.