Sunshine Partners with

posted on Monday, June 3, 2024 in Dealer News


Sunshine partners with the LSU Agcenter to launch a new intern program. This new internship program will help high school 4-H or FFA members gain knowledge, experience, and career training. The two interns selected are Maverick Manuel from Elton, Louisiana, and Noah Holcombe from Kentwood, Louisiana.

The Sunshine 4-H and FFA Leadership and Career Development Academy is a collaboration between Sunshine Quality Solutions and Louisiana's 4-H and FFA Programs. The academy is open to college and high school juniors with a targeted career goal of entering into the agricultural machinery industry as a long-term career.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity to address our industry’s need for future employees. Not only will this be an exciting journey of growth and success for these students, but it will also be a part of their career journey as they navigate through life,” said Rob Richter, Sunshine Quality Solutions president and CEO.

Selected Academy members must plan on being an active, engaged employees at a Sunshine Quality Solution Dealership close to the young person’s home or school. Youth will be employed full-time during the summer months and may be allowed to work after-school, and on holiday break times throughout the year.

The program length will be a two-year cycle, with the sessions and trips being the first year and employment over the two years. The Academy will include some travel during the program to participate in professional development opportunities at other dealerships and sites throughout the southern part of Louisiana.

“This program is really advanced and helps young people learn the skills and knowledge they need for the workforce,” said Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president and youth development program leader. “It means they can start their careers more prepared and smarter, which might lead to better job opportunities and higher salaries, too."