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CL student branch manager of College Works Painting

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Courtney Vadnais

Courtney Vadnais, 20, of Crystal Lake, a junior at Northern Illinois University, has been named the local branch manager for College Works Painting.

Vadnais said in addition to learning about how to to run her own business, she will earn six credit hours for the internship.

She said she already is lining up painting jobs for the summer and is currently interviewing painters to join her crews. All painters receive training by Sherwin Williams before beginning work.

“What sets me and my business apart from other contractors is my commitment to excellent customer service,” Vadnais said. “My painters and I will not leave a job until the client is completely satisfied and only then will we take their payment.”

Vadnais said more than 5,200 students were interviewed for the internships and fewer than 400 were chosen. Criteria to become part of this internship include a motivated and hard-working student looking to gain extensive experience in the real world.

“Not many people can say they have run their own business, and I will be able to say that before I even graduate from college due to this internship,” Vadnais said. “I have already learned many valuable business skills, customer service and increased my level of confidence.”

Vadnais plans to graduate next year with a major in Spanish, with an emphasis on translating and business.

For information, email For information about College Works Painting, visit, or call 888-450-9675

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