Originally Posted on Clinton Public School District

November 17, 2021

Sophomores at Clinton High School were visited by representatives from Continental Tire as well as recent Clinton High School graduate Quatarius Harris to talk about apprenticeship opportunities available to CHS students at Continental Tire.

Partnered with Hinds Community College, Continental offers apprenticeship opportunities as well as dual enrollment manufacturing classes to CHS seniors.

“This is a great opportunity for CHS students,” Clinton’s Career and Technical Education Director Dr. Bill Hardin said. “The prospect of getting an education while building a career has never been more evident than what Continental Tire and Hinds Community College are offering. We are excited to see where this relationship leads.”

Harris, a 2021 CHS graduate, said taking advantage of this program has helped him secure a future in manufacturing. “Dr. Hardin helped me get connected with this program, and I’ll be able to have a head start with no debt,” Harris said.

The presentation came during National Apprenticeship Week.

Hinds Community College was recently awarded a Mississippi Apprenticeship Program State Expansion grant by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security through funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Josh Bower, Dean of Agriculture and Transportation at Hinds Community College, wrote the grant in order to promote apprenticeship throughout Hinds’ service territory.

“Hinds is honored to partner with Continental Tire and the Clinton Public School District to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week,” said Josh Bower, Dean of Agriculture and Transportation who also serves as Director of Talent and Workforce & Economic Development.

“Today’s presentation exposed students to a world-class company providing incredible career opportunities,” Bower added. “The Hinds team looks to continuing our collaboration to offer Clinton High School students dual credit Electric-Mechanical Technology classes that can lead to the Production Technician and Mechatronics Level 1 Registered Apprenticeship programs at Continental Tire.”

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