BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Northeast Mississippi Community College and Toyota in Blue Springs are partnering to create an internship program to benefit students and area industries.
Known as the TIGER Internship Program, the internship will give manufacturing students the ability to gain hands-on experience at a manufacturing facility two days a week while earning $14 an hour.
The other three weekdays will be spent in classroom instruction at Northeast's Booneville campus learning about subjects such as electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication and robotics.
“Our internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an employer," said Nadara Cole, NEMCC vice president of workforce training and economic development. "Students can also use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, and gain college credit.
To qualify to participate in the program, students must be accepted to Northeast and be chosen by an area manufacturing personnel review based on academic success, maintain a minimum 2.5 gpa, complete career readiness certificate assessment, obtain career readiness certificate and be committed to work in a team and problem-solving environment.
After the program is completed, students will finish school with an associate's degree and work knowledge.
The college is providing information luncheons for further discussion of the program in each of Northeast’s five counties. Officials will be at Northeast in New Albany on March 18 at noon; The People’s Bank Operation Center in Ripley at noon on March 20; the Haney Union on Northeast’s Booneville campus at noon on March 21; the Homestead Restaurant in Iuka at noon on March 25 and at Northeast at Corinth on March 26 at noon.