Sykes Announces State Support For High-tech Internships At Local Small Business
OTI program connects minority students to local technical start-ups

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $10,000 to AkroSense LLC for the reimbursement of internship opportunities as part of the Ohio Tech Internship (OTI) program.

“This investment will help to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow by creating hands-on technical workplace opportunities for many students who find internship unattainable,” said Sykes. “The OTI program is a phenomenal supporting tool for small businesses like AkroSense to get new companies off the ground and help spur economic growth within these local, underserved communities.”

Established in 2011, AkroSense is a small business located in Akron that generates electronic equipment and supplies to the electronic circuit industry.

The OTI program is a post-secondary program that connects college students in minority, rural and underserved populations with Ohio technology companies during early stages of development. With the inclusion of motivated young talent, small companies have an opportunity to grow at a faster rate and get an early start at contributing to their local economy.

OTI reimburses companies 66.67% of the wages paid to students for three internships a year. AkroSense received the maximum state reimbursement, which is capped at $10,000.

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