SMHS students intern at Mensor Corporation
San Marcos company Mensor has long been a leading designer and manufacturer of precision pressure instruments, but now they’ve taken on another pioneering endeavor: high school internship programs.
Mensor recently welcomed five San Marcos High School students last week for an extended tour of the facility, to work alongside employees in five work areas, and a mini job interview. Three students will return to Mensor this summer for internships.
The project was arranged by Mensor Human Resources Manager Susan Fisher, Jason Otto (Mensor director of operations) and SMHS Counselor Stephanie Sisak, who works with the Academy of Applied Sciences and Early College Start.
The five high school students who joined the project were Traci Tucker, Garrett Ellisor, Selina De Paz, Sam Dela Rosa, and Collin Anderson.
Fisher said, “I want students to see what types of jobs are available in San Marcos and what type of education is needed to fill them. Not every student plans to attend college, but every student should want to excel in whatever career they choose to follow. Mensor has an excellent education reimbursement plan for employees after they are a full time employee for one year. We also do a lot of on-the-job training and cross training in all areas.”
The students were scheduled originally for a half-day visit, but things went so well that the tour was extended. According to Fisher, they started with an orientation about Mensor, their history and products, benefits offered to employees, safety and a Question-and-Answer time.
A tour of the entire facility followed, and then students rotated through five different work areas and observed or did hands-on activities. A sixth area was a mini job interview with the Operations Director and the HR Manager.
“During lunch, we decided to let the students have free access to any employee in the company to ask about their job, or Mensor, or basically whatever they wanted to know,” Fisher said. “Our employees loved it, and so did the students.”
Fisher said she has two goals: to create their own workforce for the future from graduates who really want to work at Mensor, and to encourage other businesses in town to open their work places for students to see first-hand what careers are available here and meet the talented students at San Marcos High School.
She said, “My dream is to hire a student at an entry level position, support them through whatever education path they choose, and then have them become a leader in the company.”
Originally, Mensor was going to offer two internships. After meeting the students, Mensor will offer three. positions.
|Selina de Paz and Purchasing Manager Sheldon Halliburton.||233.8 KB|
|SMHS students and Jason Otto, director of Operations. (Photos by Susan Fisher, Mensor)||167.56 KB|
|Collin Anderson and OEM Coordinator Denise Gonzales.||164.09 KB|