Clarkdale Enters Mentoring/Scholarship Partnership

Mobile Solutions has partnered with Clarkdale High School to sponsor a business-to-student mentoring program that includes a $500.00 college scholarship.

The mentoring program begins this semester.

Carroll Blackledge, Mobile Solutions area director,
said the company was looking for a school to participate and discovered that Clarkdale has also been talking about getting students more involved with local businesses.

"Now, just a few short weeks later, the program is in place and our first student starts this week," said
Carroll Blackledge, area director of Mobile Solutions.

The mentoring program revolves around six primary goals that include providing students with real work experience, increasing student’s sense of responsibility, providing students motivation to continue their education, helping students to develop additional skills in the application of theory to practical work situations, providing students with the functional activities of a real business and providing students with a means of testing their interest in a particular field of work.

Blackledge said the students will be actively involved at its Highway 39 location about 5 hours per week and will shadow employees in virtually every aspect of the business.

Following the completion of the semester-long program the student will receive a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.

Those who have worked to develop the mentoring program see it as a win for everyone involved.

The program’s inaugural student is Clarkdale senior Luke Birchett.

"This job will prepare me in the business world and hopefully reward me with a career in telecommunications," said Birchett.

For more information about the business-to-student mentoring program and to find out how your business or school may participate in a business-to-student mentoring program, contact Clarkdale principal, Cheryl Thomas, at 601-693-4463, or Blackledge at 601-622-7277.

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