By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Friday was an exciting day at Kossuth High School as three students signed agreements to work for Caterpillar Inc. in Corinth.
Twenty-two Corinth and Alcorn County high school students will take part in an economic development program that helps youth follow career pathways.
After committing to work 60 hours for the world-renowned company Friday, the three Kossuth students donned Caterpillar hats as they received applause from the crowd in the library. Similar events were scheduled at Corinth and Alcorn Central high schools this week.
Styled similar to an athletic signing day, the event showcased the students and the excellent opportunity to gain experience and get paid for it.
These students have an opportunity to show Caterpillar they are great employees, said GT McCullough of The Alliance, the local economic development agency. It also helps industries development young talent for the future.
McCullough congratulated the youth for earning the trust to be part of a “world-class” industry in Caterpillar.
This opportunity is a result of several partners working together, said McCullough, who praised the Three Rivers Planning and Development District’s leadership. The program’s success is also a result of school officials, including Jennifer Koon of the Alcorn Career and Technology Center. Other necessary components are the students who earned the chance to work in the industries and the companies that provide the career exposure.
In addition to the ceremony format resembling an athletic signing, McCullough even addressed the students as a football coach might at halftime, telling them to “dominate” this opportunity.
Students can earn nationally recognized ACT Career Readiness Certificates through community colleges, said Gary Golden with Three Rivers. They also learn basic job etiquette skills such as showing up on time, staying off cellphones and interviewing techniques, Golden said.
Once the students work their 60 hours, Three Rivers will continue to help them with skill development.
Other participating industries include CM Solutions, officePRO and StoneRidge.
KHS Students Enter Industry Big Leagues
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