College students from around the state and Wyoming are spending their Spring Break giving back.
About 13 students, including one from Pueblo, are putting in over 400 hours. They are working on their days off to give four homeowners some much needed paint jobs.
It’s part of a unique company called College Pro Painters. The nationwide company helps students get the experience they need to become a business owner, while going taking classes. Each student can run their own painting franchise.
An opportunity a Pueblo student couldn’t pass up. Hayden Hunsucker attends the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is majoring in finance economics. He took advantage of the unique internship opportunity.
‘How many 22-year-old kids can say they have owned, operated my own business. I’ve had to do hiring, I have to work with clients, I have had to do my own sales, build clientele, operate the business. It’s an outstanding opportunity and taste of the real world,” said Hunsucker.
This is College Pro’s 6th annual Alternative Spring Break program. IT’s a chance for the students to learn the techniques of painting, but more importantly it’s a chance to give back to the community. Students travel all over the country during their Spring Break to help out.
The students are helping paint four different houses in Pueblo.
“It just makes it all worth the while to be able to do that for someone who wants is and that we can provide that service to. And it’s really nice because we are giving up our spring breaks to do this, but it’s something we really enjoy because it’s someone who really appreciates it,” said Hunsucker.
The revitalization of the homes adds up to about $12,500 in free service.
College Pro employs and trains the students to be painting franchise owners serving as college painters for local communities throughout North America.
According to officials, they have helped thousands of college student entrepreneurs realize their dream of becoming small business owners over the years. And strongly believe in giving back to communities across the continent.
They partnered with NeighborWorks in Pueblo to provide the services over the two weeks.