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Signing on for the future

Staff photo by Zack Steen

Thirteen Corinth High School students participated in the Gateway In-School Program.

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Twenty-two local students are on a path to career greatness.

It's part of the Gateway In-School Program, a new internship program put into place by The Alliance and the Three Rivers Planning and Developing District. The two community development groups held signing day events at three high schools this week to celebrate local students interning with local businesses and industries.

In Alcorn County, 22 students were identified for the program throughout Corinth, Kossuth and Alcorn Central high schools. Caterpillar, CM Solutions, Coca-Cola, StroneRidge of Farmington and OfficePRO are the worksites for the students for the 60-hour paid internship.

"We are thrilled to be a part this great program," The Alliance President Clayton Stanley said. "This shows that the community is aware that we need to do a better job at introducing students to opportunities at great careers right now in the community. What I want to show is that there are truly great companies in this community."

Corinth School District Superintendent Lee Childress said his high school hosts lots of signing days, but nothing quite compares to the Gateway signing day.

"Generally signings at Corinth High School are for athletic scholarships, but these series of signings are in many cases much more meaningful in terms of a signing because it is a signing that deals with careers or the potential of a career," said Childress. "This is extremely important because we want to make sure that everyone who leaves Corinth High School is career ready where they can find employment in the workplace at some point."

Three Rivers Planning and Development District initiated the Gateway In-School Program, which links students to businesses and industries that match their interests.

The program is funded by Three Rivers PDD through a federal grant.

The Alliance Project Manager GT McCullough managed the program locally.

"Our goal is that these young people walk into one of these places of employment and never walk out," said McCullough. "We hope these students are beginning their life long careers."

Students in the program and their worksites include:

Corinth High School

Caterpillar - LaBarron Shelton, Shaquavia Gunn, Darius Poe and Jawon Shields

CM Solutions - Aries Barton

StoneRidge of Farmington - Kiernan Alexander, Janelys Cruz-Rodriguez, Geisha Graham, Gabriele Moss, Gabreana Moss, Nikidja Powell, Azaria Walker and Charmaine Wooden

Kossuth High School

Caterpillar - Brandon Smith, Drake Ellis and Landon Martin

Alcorn Central High School

Caterpillar - Austin Burcham and Dustin Farris

Coca-Cola - Weston Yager

OfficePRO - Austin Yager and Adrianna Taylor

StoneRidge of Farmington - Makenzie Jade Porterfield