New Albany, MS- Juniors and Seniors at New Albany High School (NAHS) are being provided opportunities that have the potential to open doors for their future careers. NAHS has worked to create summer internship programs for twenty-four students.
On Wednesday, March 20, these students were recognized and formally signed certificates to participate in a summer internship program. The Internship Signing Day and luncheon was held at Camp 106 in New Albany.
“One of the goals of our five-year strategic plan is to prepare all students to be college and career ready,” explained Superintendent Dr. Lance Evans. “For the past fifteen months we have met with business and industry representatives, as well as college officials to insure we are preparing all for success.” Evans explained that these internship initiatives include students who wish to go directly into the workforce or pursue different levels of education past high school.
IMPACTO Program aids Career Readiness
Thirteen students are participating in the IMPACTO program. IMPACTO (Industry as a Means to Prepare for Academic, Career, & Technology Opportunities) was developed by the New Albany School District in collaboration with local businesses and industries, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Blue Mountain College, and Mississippi Department of Education.
Students in this program completed a Career Readiness class in the fall and will complete two dual credit courses this spring. In addition, these students have gained certifications in WorkKeys and leadership courses. Skills and concepts learned in this class will prepare them for 160-hour summer internships.
Students participating in this program, along with their internship partners include:
John Davis, Hyperion Technology Group
Eli Parks, U.S. Corps of Engineers & Robbins Farms, Inc.
Tucker Shannon, Blue Mountain College Athletics
Katherine Gonzalez, Emerald Mississippi
Haley Holston, New Albany Animal Clinic
Akayla Martin, Creekmore Clinic
Jacob Hogue, New Albany Light, Gas, & Water
Eli Osgood, Friendly City Tire
Vanessa Castillo, North Mississippi Medical Center Ground Ambulance
Baker Smith, Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Jordan Kelly, Computing Technologies
Ruth Montgomery, New Albany Pharmacy & Solutions
Elashya Hatch, Cook’s Adult Daycare
Gateway Program teaches essential skills and aids career awareness
Ten students are participating in the Gateway program. The purpose of this program is to teach eligible youth essential job skills while providing career awareness and career counseling. Students have completed a three- hour training course that focuses on job essential skills to prepare them for their 60-hour summer internships. Students participating in the Gateway program include and their internship partners include:
Jermiah Gardner, New Albany Police Department
Kimberly Valadez, Mission Rehab
Victoria Adsit, Creekmore Clinic
Kalen Chaney, Cook’s Adult Daycare
Myranda Cobb, Camp Creek Native Plants
Chessica Davis, KC’s School of Hair Design
Brooke Dowell, Cook’s Adult Daycare
Shelby Gray, Union County Heritage Museum
Kimberly Ramirez, Perkins Dental Clinic
Dai’Jon Pittman, Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery
Toyota’s Creating Your Future Program offers on-the-job experience
Kenley Olson was selected to represent NAHS in the “Creating Your Future: Toyota High School Accelerated Production Program”. This selective program began in mid-January and will run through May. He will work twenty hours per week for fifteen weeks. Through this work/study learning program, he will learn lean manufacturing principles, efficient workplace organization practices, and problem-solving skills. Throughout this process, Olson will receive a variety of certifications as well as experience the production floor.
“It has been exciting to prepare these students for the internship process and to connect them to local industries where they can pursue additional training in their career choices,” said Suzy Bowman, Career Coach at NAHS. “We are so appreciative of the businesses and industries who have ‘bought into our vision’ and are hosting these student interns this summer.”
These initiatives are being sponsored and supported by Toyota Wellspring Education Fund, Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Blue Mountain College, and the New Albany School District.