By Tony Parra
A technology information center internship program at Eastern New Mexico University has been discontinued, according to school and company officials.
Kathy White, president of Rural Sourcing Inc., cited not being able to give the interns enough attention and the lack of proximity of Rural Sourcing Inc. technology centers to Portales.
“We feel we couldn’t do an effective job and help the interns because of the distance without a rural center near,” White said. “It was too far to send someone to help the interns.”
The Arkansas-based company has a technology center in Jonesboro, Ark., with 10 full-time employees and another in Greenville, N.C., with nine full-time employees.
Stacy Navarro of the Rural Sourcing human resources department said as part of a pilot program there were at least two interns at four universities — ENMU, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas in Monticello and Arkansas State. Navarro said the internship programs will continue at the Arkansas universities.
ENMU President Steven Gamble said it was a mutual decision to end partnership with Rural Sourcing. He said a concern was expressed about not being able to expand the program because of the lack of a bigger pool of technology students.
“The timing wasn’t right,” Gamble said. “We couldn’t expand the program. Rural Sourcing is big time. They’re going to be successful.”
Rural Sourcing Inc. provides information technology services and outsourcing to companies. Navarro said the interns work part-time on technology research and inter-company Web site development. White said the full-time employees work on all areas of technology information.
White started Rural Sourcing Inc. to stop the exportation of technology information jobs overseas.