Orion's Co-op kids get a taste of life after school

Mindy Carls
Ruby Sindt, left, owner and operator of Ruby & Co. Interior Designs and Home Furnishings, employs Orion High School senior Addison Awbrey, right, through the cooperative program at her Davenport business. Awbrey helps price items for the showroom, sets out new décor and chooses furniture for clients. “The best part of the job is getting to decorate the show room and create fun spaces,” she said. After high school, she would like to major in interior design and minor in business at either University of Northern Iowa or Belmont University. She would like to open her own interior design business in Nashville, Tenn
Supervised by Eric Freedman, left, Orion High School senior Cora Bent is employed through the cooperative education program at Fareway in Geneseo. She arranges items on shelves, helps people shop, checks them out and takes their groceries out to their vehicles. She said the best part of the job was “getting to interact with people you wouldn’t normally interact with.” She plans to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.
Orion High School senior Vaughn Bernhardt, left, is supervised by Nicholas Wadsagar at Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley, through the cooperative education program. Bernhardt’s responsibilities include maintaining the bag shop, getting bags ready and making sure the course is in good shape. He said the best part of the job is working with others and talking to customers. After graduation, he plans to study business administration at Illinois College.
Orion High School senior Seth Gardner, right, is employed at Trackside Solutions, East Moline, through the cooperative education program. The best part is “driving cool machinery and learning new things,” he said.