The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Paducah Young Professionals are excited to announce the return of the Paducah Intern Initiative for 2021. The Intern Initiative is designed to introduce local interns to our community and to the growing network of young professionals. The first event was the “PYP Breakfast with the Interns” held on June 9 with a welcome from Mayor George Bray and featured speaker Dr. Anton Reece, President of West Kentucky Community and Technical College and 2021 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.
“With the increasing workforce competition among employers and the shortage of skilled workers, this program will ensure our area is attracting, developing and retaining talent,” said Sandra Wilson, Paducah Chamber President.
The Paducah Chamber is coordinating the Intern Initiative with the assistance of the young professionals who are members of the Paducah Young Professionals program. The program is designed to assist interns who are working in the community to network with our growing population of young professionals; meet other interns who are working in the community; become more informed about the community; develop professional and social skills; and enjoy their summer in the area. The long-term goals of the program are to build the community’s future workforce, fill open jobs and grow the community.
“We have identified approximately 65 interns working in our community this summer at 16 of our leading employers,” Wilson added. “Some of these students are from our area and some are only here for the summer to work. Our goal is to be the place where these students want to come back to live and work.”
Participating businesses/organizations include: Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing; Baptist Health Paducah; Beltline Electric; Kemper CPA; Cong. James Comer’s Office; CSI; Denton Law Firm; Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler; Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital; Paducah Bank; Peel & Holland Insurance; Jennings & Associates Financial Advisors; Swift & Staley; TempsPlus of Paducah; Touchdowns and Tunes; and Worthington Industries.