Marcus Schellinger, a rising senior in a Rock County High School (WI) on track to graduate at the end of the 2019-20 school year has spent the last six weeks working at North American Tool in South Beloit, IL.  Marcus had to take the initiative to apply online to the Rock County 5.0 program (in its second year) a part of the Rock County Economic Development Committee.

Marcus was assigned to work a CNC Mill and a CNC Lathe in the Bar Steel A department of NATC.  This is where the making of a tool begins and Marcus proved more than capable.  “It gave me insight into the methodology behind working that I can take and apply to school” said Marcus.

“I was given responsibilities that enabled me to apply the knowledge and skills I have learned in school course work” reports Marcus.  Jeff Sherman, the Director of Manufacturing at North American Tool said he was extremely impressed with Marcus and his work ethic and willingness to learn. 

Marcus worked with Flint Hansen day to day and “got to develop some faster methods to operate the machine”.  The Rock County 5.0 program did a nice job at matching the skill set of the student with the opportunity available.

The program was conceived and overseen by James Otterstein the Economic Development Manager of the Rock County Economic Development Committee.  The idea was to “accelerate personal, as well as professional skills and career related exposure.  This structured paid internship model will provide students like Marcus with a meaningful career pathway experience that will serve as a foundational element of their Academic & Career Plan.

When asked what he would say to future students considering an internship at North American Tool, Marcus replied “I would tell them to ‘go for it’ and they would regret nothing.”

Pictured: Marcus Schellinger with Jeff Sherman, Director of Manufacturing