NAHS IMPACTO Program
IMPACTO (Industry as a Means to Prepare for Academic, Career, & Technology Opportunities) was developed by the New Albany School District in collaboration with local businesses and industries, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Blue Mountain College, and the Mississippi Department of Education. The IMPACTO program has become a model in the region and many high schools have reached out to our district to learn more about how we are helping our students reach their career goals.
Juniors and Seniors at New Albany High School are being provided opportunities that have the potential to open doors for their future careers. NAHS has worked to create and implement an innovative internship program since 2018.
“One of the goals of our five-year strategic plan is to prepare all students to be college and career ready,” explained Superintendent Dr. Lance Evans. “This internship program includes students who wish to go directly into the workforce or pursue different levels of education past high school.”
Students in this program complete a Career Readiness class in the fall and work toward achieving six or more dual enrollment hours. In addition, these students gain certifications in WorkKeys and leadership courses. Skills and concepts learned in this class prepare students for a 100-hour summer internship with a community partner in which they have a career interest.