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Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 2/17/2014 8:52 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Hanna Bagwell may be young, but she knows what she wants to be when she grows up-a nurse.

Toyota wants to help.

The company's Toyota Wellspring Education Fund is making that possible through an online course.

It is geared toward careers in healthcare.

"If we identify young folks at 16 or 17 who are very much committed to those studies and to those careers, it's all about success for us and for them," Northeast Mississippi Community College President Dr. Johnny Allen said.

The road to success begins with the program called Survey of Healthcare Careers Exploratory Course.

Twenty slots will open in 2015 for students in Pontotoc, Union, and Lee Counties. 

Three college credits will be available along with school credit and something more-five days of shadowing a professional in their chosen field.

"Anytime we can give a student a good career perspective on the front end, then we feel like we've saving them time and money," Pontotoc Schools Superintendent Karen Tutor said.

Those are two key concerns for Toyota and a good reason to fund a program that encourages the building of a better workforce.

"This falls in line with our holistic approach of making this community and our future students and future workers more vital," Vice President of Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Sean Suggs said.

"I think it's wonderful. I think that being able to have hands-on and be able to see what is exactly going on and I think it's a great option and opportunity for me to have," Bagwell said.

"They can learn the good, the bad and the ugly about their career. They can find out the pay. They can find out if they like the career or not because you want to be happy in whatever you do," North Mississippi Medical Center Career Counselor Coordinator Rosalyn Campbell said.

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