NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - We caught students at the New Albany-Union County Career and Technical Center doing some work on their computers Monday morning.
Their center was recently selected as a pilot for the new Mississippi Scholars Tech Master program.
It's organized by the Mississippi Economic Council along with several leading industries in the state like Toyota and Ingalls Shipbuilding.
New Albany School District Superintendent Jackie Ford said, "Students who complete a career and technical program have to be very technology literate. They're some of your top students."
The Tech Master program's goal is to recognize students who do exceptionally well in both their core academic classroom work and their career and technical education classes.
In turn those students will get noticed in the future by many companies when they go looking for a job.
New Albany-Union County Career and Technical Center Guidance Counselor April Hobson said, "Many business and industry leaders have said they will give special consideration to students who've received this award."
Superintendent Ford said, "They could move up a level in the employment ladder."
This honor isn't just handed to students.
Along with good grades and test scores they must do community service, have almost perfect attendance during their high school years, and no out-of-school suspension among other requirements.
Hobson said, "It's just another way to recognize them for their achievements not only in the classroom but also in their career and technical field."
The ultimate goal is to turn out a more qualified work force with specialized skills to meet a growing need in Mississippi's technology-driven economy.