Munising High senior gains hands-on career experience interning at the Munising Mill

Published: Jan. 16, 2017 at 9:44 PM EST
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Instead of reading about mechanical trades on paper, a Munising High School senior is working in the trades at a paper mill.

Corey Cotey, 18, has been interning at the Neenah Paper Munising Mill since school started in September.

"There are things that you can learn by doing something hands-on like this that you can't necessarily learn in a classroom," Cotey said.

Cotey is the only Munising High School student interning at the mill.

He works under Mechanical Tradesman John Richardson.

"Pretty much everything I do, Corey comes with me and shadows me," Richardson said. "If it's a new skill, something that he's not real sure of, he'll watch and learn and if it's something that I think he can do or he feels comfortable with, I watch him."

Cotey spends two hours every school day at the mill. The internship runs the entire length of the school year.

He said so far, the internship has been very valuable.

"I've learned a lot of, I guess you could say, old-man tricks about getting things to work," Cotey said.

And his superiors are impressed with his work ethic.

"He's been just outstanding to work with," Richardson said. "He's always ready to work and always in a good mood and just eager to learn and it's a lot of fun to work with somebody like that."

Cotey will be graduating from Munising High School this spring.

He has already been accepted to Michigan Tech, where he's planning to study mechanical engineering. Like many 18-year-olds though, his major is subject to change.

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