During the summer and fall, the Colquitt County community could have as many as eight college interns at work here studying and analyzing public health needs. And a major challenge to getting interns to come here has been met since the Archway Project now has secured housing for these students.

Through the DeLoache Trust at Southwest Georgia Bank, a house will be leased to the YMCA specifically to accommodate interns.

Emily Watson, Archway public health professional, said the intern focus right now is on public health but that the housing facilities will be open to interns in a broad array of community development determined by which projects Archway has at the top of its list.

“It could be landscape architecture or public administration,” she said.

Archway, a partnership with the University of Georgia, already has had six interns in the community since its inception.

Archway will be appealing to the public for help in furnishing the five-bedroom house on Second Street near First Presbyterian Church.

In addition to the Archway projects, Colquitt Regional Medical Center’s intern program might also utilize the facility.

“Greg Koop and I will be going to the house this week to try to get an idea of what furniture we will need,” said Watson.

When Archway was launched here as a pilot project to help facilitate programs that would address myriad community issues, it was noted that the original intent of land grant universities was to get more students into the field.

“One of our biggest barriers has been housing,” said Watson. “Now that’s been addressed. We expect this will open the floodgates.”

 

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