The Independence Building department welcomes summer intern Omar Jovanny Parroquin Cruz to the team.

Omar comes to us from the Chemeketa Community College Applied Sciences Building Inspection Technology program where he is participating in a cooperative work experience internship. This internship allows students to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field while earning college credit.

“This program incorporates the two things I enjoy: going to school and construction,” shared Omar.

Omar found out about the internship when Jeff Kennedy, the city of Independence’s building official, was conducting an inspection of his family’s home in 2021.

During the day-to-day, Omar’s work consists of reviewing plans, conducting inspections, and communicating with clients and contractors, with the latter being his favorite part of the job so far.

“Meeting people and learning things from them I didn’t expect is great,” said Omar. “It’s been really fun.”

After his internship and another year of school, Omar plans to graduate, earn his certifications through the Internal Code Council, and find a fulfilling career.

“I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my parents,” said Omar.