Signs of Summer

Spring has sprung, but at DRN & ReadiTech signs of summer are surfacing as we wrap up the interview process and make offers for our summer internships.  In 2001, DRN & ReadiTech created a summer internship program in our marketing department.  Fast forward seventeen years, our summer internship program is going strong and has grown into other areas of the business including operations, IT, and accounting. The benefits of the internship to the interns and DRN & ReadiTech are many.  The interns gain valuable experience and exposure to a professional working environment with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in real time, work scenarios.  DRN & ReadiTech provides mentorship to the interns and helps them develop the skills they are acquiring at school and an employment opportunity that allows them to come “home” for the summer.  DRN & ReadiTech also has the unique opportunity to potentially see the interns return in the future for full time employment opportunities.  In 2015, we realized this benefit when a previous marketing intern returned to DRN & ReadiTech for full time employment.  Others have gained employment in the industry as well.  One DRN & ReadiTech intern went on to work for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association and another began their career after graduation at a North Dakota sister cooperative. Further supporting the many benefits, a Gallup Blog titled “Why Colleges Should Make Internships a Requirement”, shows recent graduates who graduated from 2002-2016 who had a relevant job or internship while in school were more than twice as likely to acquire a good job immediately after graduation. More than 42% of the...

DRN University

Have you ever wondered how DRN employees gain the knowledge necessary to perform the work they do each day to better serve you, our valuable customers?  At DRN, we are proud to promote a learning environment.  Our Board of Directors understands the importance of training and invests in the education of DRN’s workforce. In cooperation with the Board, DRN’s Leadership Team is committed to employee development.  Various training opportunities and avenues are available.  Just as important, is commitment from employees to embrace the learning environment, take initiative, and transfer knowledge gained to their work.  Currently at DRN, six employees are enrolled in accredited colleges and/or universities working toward advanced degrees.  In the past month alone, several employees have obtained certifications specific to their roles including a Telecom Sales Certification, Microsoft Certification, Microsoft MCSA Server Certification, and a Certified Associate in Project Management Certification.  Close to 40% of DRN’s workforce holds certifications specific to their roles with others studying to pass exams in the short term.  Still, others attend workshops and conferences to stay up to date with the latest trends in technology and the industry. Internally, in addition to regular safety training, we offer training on our specific products and services utilizing vendors, consultants, or DRN subject matter experts.  Our Multi-Media Specialist, Pamela Henningsen, uses technology to conduct training for employees at headquarters and remote offices through online training sessions and tutorials saving travel time and increasing productivity. You might say we have our own DRN University.  The commitment from DRN’s Board, leadership team and employees to invest in training to better serve you is something we take seriously....