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'Signing Day': 15 students to begin internships

Corinth High School senior Blake Huff signs his letter of intent for an internship with KeyTronicEMS as part of the Gateway In-School Program.

Staff photo by Zack Steen

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

"We are celebrating them like they are signing to be the star quarterback of a Division 1 school," said GT McCullough. "It's a proud day for all of us."

The Alliance Product Manager was all smiles on Wednesday morning as he traveled between Corinth High School and Alcorn Career & Technology Center for "Signing Day" events where students signed letters of intent to begin work at local businesses this summer.

"The funnest part of my job is working with local students," he said. "They are the future leaders of Corinth and Alcorn County."

McCullough spearheads the Gateway In-School Program with help from Three Rivers Planning and Development. The two organizations facilitate the program that links students to businesses and industries that match their interests.

"It's designed to allow students the chance to receive essential job skills that is going to help them with any job they get in the future," said Courtney Rackley with Three Rivers. "We also offer them the ability to take the WorkKeys Assessments and receive a nationally recognized career readiness certificate which further helps them to go anywhere in the country and get job."

Fifteen students from Alcorn Central, Biggersville, Corinth and Kossuth were identified for the program this year. Caterpillar, KeyTronicEMS, Coca-Cola, Timber Products and StoneRidge of Farmington are the worksites for the students for the 60 hour, paid internship.

Alcorn Central senior Anthony Hutcheson was the lone teenager receiving an internship from Timber Products.

The vo-tech student is fresh off a first place win in the diesel engine competition held earlier this month at Skills USA in Jackson. He'll next compete on the national level.

"I'm very honored and excited to get this chance to better my work experience and maybe start a career with Timber Products," said Hutcheson, who wants to pursue work in the industrial maintenance field.

The Gateway program returned for its second year in Corinth and Alcorn County. It's funded by a federal grant through Three Rivers and is managed by The Alliance.

"This program is a benefit to our students, industries, schools and community," said The Alliance President Clayton Stanley. "As the conversation in economic development is currently centered around workforce and talent, this program displays a proactive way our community is working to link our talent to our industries."

Students in the program and their worksites include:

Corinth High School

Blake Huff, KeyTronicEMS; Sametta Nance, KeyTronicEMS; Iviron Nunnally, KeyTronicEMS; Cecelia Parker, KeyTronicEMS

Alcorn Central High School via Alcorn Career & Technology Center

Joshua Gahagan, Caterpillar; Tristan Brimingham, Caterpillar; Adam Moreno, Caterpillar; Anthony Hutcheson, Timber Products; George Awwad, Coca-Cola

Kossuth High School via Alcorn Career & Technology Center

Hason "Walter" Hastings, Caterpillar; Elijah Hodum, Caterpillar; Elijah Pinson, Caterpillar, Ivy Box, StoneRidge of Farmington

Biggersville High School via Alcorn Career & Technology Center

Lynleigh Crabb, StoneRidge of Farmington; Grace Killough, StoneRidge of Farmington