DeSoto Schools Readying Students for Jobs

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(Olive Branch, MS) DeSoto School student William Story represents the present state of job training in DeSoto Schools, learning a traditional trade, like welding.

But a new building in the Olive Branch industrial park represents the future of vocational education.

The new DeSoto Career and Tech Center East in Olive branch is ready to open with more than one hundred students already signed up.

”In the beginning, we didn’t really know what to expect with those so I think our students were very pleased with what we’re offering,” said Principal Beth Turner.

And what they’re offering is the very cutting edge of jobs in the Mid-South.

”We are piloting two brand new programs here. We’re doing logistics transportation distribution, the very first in the State of Mississippi and we’re also doing law and public safety,” said Lee Caldwell of DeSoto County Schools.

Thank FedEx for the explosion in logistics jobs as companies shed inventories, in favor of what’s called “just in time” delivery.

This isn’t the only way DeSoto Schools are expanding.

Mississippi’s larges school district is also adding new classrooms in three elementary schools.

It’s all to accommodate what’s expected to be a continued influx of students to DeSoto County.

”This is workforce development and it’s also a recruiting tool for business and industry,” said Caldwell.

Students will have the latest technology, like computers, whiteboards, and other electronics, making them work-ready.

”They’ll go through sophomore and junior year which opens that up for their senior year for them to be able to do internships,” Turner explained.

It’s hoped, those students will get good paying jobs.