Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


June 22, 2012

MPA Computers in Bloomfield invests in Davis County youth

BLOOMFIELD — This week, 16-year old Johnathan Jolley joins MPA Computers as their very first youth intern.  

The Bloomfield-based technology company launched the internship program as a way to give back to the community that has supported its success.

“There is an incredible amount of talent right here in the youth of Davis County,” says CEO David Birchmier. “We believe it’s our responsibility to invest in them, to develop their gifts, and open new doors for them, so that ultimately their skills can benefit the community.”

In order to apply, candidates had to be at least 16 years of age, live in Davis County and show an interest in developing a technology product that would enrich the lives of Davis County residents.

According to Justin Hill, COO for MPA, it was a fairly lengthy selection process.  

“We chose Johnathan Jolley based on his academic achievement, interest in business, and excellent social skills.”

Jolley’s internship will provide him with real-world training and exposure to a wide range of technology services offered by MPA, such as: computer repair, commercial design, web site development and marketing.

The youth internship program is a natural step for MPA, itself a relatively young company.

Birchmier started the business three years ago at the age of 22, and MPA has since grown to employ 12 team members, 60 percent of whom are under the age of 30.  

Everyone at MPA knows the value of investing in young talent.  So far, the return has been overwhelmingly positive.

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