New Albany School District and Union County School District announced an innovative partnership on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.  The announcement was made during a formal press conference at the Magnolia Civic Center in downtown New Albany.

Union County School District is officially now a part of the IMPACTO Internship program that New Albany School District began in 2018.

IMPACTO stands for Industry as a Means to Prepare for Academic, Career, and Technology Opportunities.  It is a culminating career awareness project for high school juniors and seniors.  This two-year program of study, includes a career readiness class, possible industry certifications and dual enrollment classes, and a 100-hour summer internship project.

Major support for the internship project will come from CREATE, Toyota Wellspring Education Fund, Three Rivers Planning & Development District, and the Mississippi Partnership.

New Albany High School has had over 60 students complete the program since its inception in 2018 and currently has 52 students preparing for their internship in the Spring and Summer of 2022.  Union County School District will offer the internship program at all four schools and plans to serve 24 students during the Spring 2022 semester.

“New Albany School District had done a remarkable job of creating an impressive internship program for high school students and has received attention from school districts, as well as business and industry over the past three years,” said Russell Taylor, Superintendent of Union County School District.  “We are proud to be a partner in the IMPACTO program and are excited for our students and the benefits this opportunity will bring them.”

“The two school districts have a set of goals in common related to career exploration and workforce development for students in grades PreK-12th grade,” said Dr. Lance Evans, Superintendent of New Albany School District.  “This is just the beginning of many wonderful partnerships to come as we work together to make career exploration and awareness, as well as workforce development as one of the cornerstones of K-12 education in New Albany and Union County School Districts.”