Meridian News
From intern to employee: Employer surprises Meridian CAD student in class with new business cards and gift basket
May 14, 2019

When Ruby Quinn of Stillwater submitted her application for an internship at Designer’s Ink Graphic & Building Designs LLC last semester, she told her mom she didn’t think she would get the position.

A first-year student in Meridian Technology Center’s Computer-Aided Design program and a young high school senior, Quinn not only got the position, but has excelled. She recently accepted a full-time position with the company.

To honor her, Jeff Dillon, Designer’s Ink owner and designer, surprised Quinn during her CAD class at Meridian by presenting her with new business cards and items for her desk. “Ruby is a very hard worker, and her hard work is paying off,” Dillon said to the class. “She has received some great training, and it shows.” He told the class that her attention to detail and diligence had set the bar high for future interns.

Russell Frick, Meridian’s CAD Instructor, spoke highly of Quinn as well. “She’s been exceptional in class. We’ve really enjoyed having her as a student,” he said.

Quinn plans to attend Oklahoma State University or Fort Hayes State University to pursue a career in interior design — a passion she discovered while working for Designer’s Ink. No matter which university she attends, she will be able to work remotely for the company as a CAD Technician. Her primary job will be to create three-dimensional models of homes and other projects for clients and the construction documents needed to build them. She said she loves “designing a home for clients and creating what they want and what works for them.”

Designer’s Ink has had a long relationship with Meridian Technology Center, getting their start in the Center for Business Development and only moving out to their own office space in January. They have been growing rapidly and hope to hire more interns from Meridian’s CAD program. The company also serves on the Business and Education Council for the program, where they provide mentorship and guidance.

Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts.

For more information or to enroll contact a career counselor by phone at (405) 377-3333 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.

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