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Innovative High School Grant Program Details

Thanks to the work of Gibson County CTE directors, local industry partners, and Gibson County Schools grant writers, the new “Pathways to Success Project” awarded to Gibson County students beginning with the 2021-2022 school year will allow students to attend high school through a modified school day at a partnering employer’s facility instead of the traditional classroom setting while also participating in a Career Advisement Program.  The purpose of the “Pathways to Success Project” is to break the mold by reimagining current routines/practices of schooling in order to better prepare students for their futures.  In order to accomplish this purpose, three school districts across the county partnered to form a consortium: Gibson County Special School District (fiscal agent), Milan Special School District, and Trenton Special School District.  Following the formation of the consortium, members sought out community groups and employers within the county to partner with.  The vision of the “Pathways to Success Project” is to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand occupations by reimagining space, modes of learning, partnerships, and time.


Students chosen to participate in the Innovative High School “Pathways to Success Project” will be provided hands on training in the classrooms with equipment purchased with grant funds.  Forklifts, punch presses, and safety controls are a few items being provided that should aid in the training needed and expenses usually covered by the employer.  Health Science students will be trained on EKG machines, patient lifts, and IV tubing to name a few.  By providing the training in high school, the financial and time burdens our manufacturing and healthcare facilities have endured will be eased, and students from across the county will be able to transition easily into the workplace after graduation--aiding in the employee crisis caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic.


In addition, partners have requested the program provide a “soft skills” course that covers topics such as active listening, speaking, reading comprehension,

critical thinking and social perceptiveness.  They have stated students are not coming to employment with these soft skills, so Innovative High School program

participants will be subject to a two-week long course curriculum prior to being allowed in their work-based learning job placements.   Students will also be given Youscience career assessments by on staff Career Advisors, and Work Based Learning students will be provided transportation, classroom guidance, and workplace job coaching by staff Work Support Coaches.




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Kayley Tyner, a Peabody alumnus, was selected as the Career Advising Specialist for the Trenton Special School District. The Career Advising Specialist provides career exploration activites to all grades, oversees administration of interest and aptitude assessments (YouScience), works with CTE teachers to implement WorkKeys curriculum into the classroom, ensures employability and technical skills are being taught in the classroom, makes students aware of in-demand, high skill, high wage occupations, and many other duties throughout the day-to-day basis. 



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Pamela Poston, a previous TSSD employee, was selected as the Work Support Coach for the Trenton Special School District. The Work Support Coach helps enroll students into the IHS program, works with school counselors to perfect student schedules, communicates with students and teachers to make sure all IHS students are on track acedemically, provides IHS students transportation to and from work if needed, and many other duties throughout the day-to-day basis. 

Tyson Tykes Groundbreaking

The Innovative High School Grant Staff was invited to the groundbreaking for Tyson Tykes in Humboldt, TN. This groundbreaking featured a speical message from Governor Bill Lee, many other officials from the state, and Tyson Foods. (pictured from left to right) Justin Carr (MSSD Career Advising Specialist), Emily Pitt (Project Director), Carly Archie (GCSSD Career Advising Specialist), Kayley Tyner (TSSD Career Advising Specialist), & Pamela Poston (Peabody High School Work Support Coach). Tyson Tykes 1


Peabody High School Students at Work

Here are just a few of our 70+ students workplaces:
Barnett Farms
Branded Manufacturing
Centennial Bank
City Lumber Company
Dale’s Recycling
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Duncans Pharmacy
Elite Dental Care

FoodRite Trenton Stores
Frazier Appliance
Gibson County Utility District 
Joseph Cates Landscaping
Little Peoples Daycare
MacLean Power
Nutrition 31
Sonic- Trenton
Worthy Roads Studio



Thank you to our industry partners for trusting our students to fullfill your staffing needs. 


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Eric Barcenas completing Forklift Certification! 

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Training session provided by MacLean Power Systems for Forklift Training to students and faculty. 
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Driving test for Forklift Certification provided by MacLean Power Systems. 
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Visit our IHS Facebook page or check out the link to our Twitter page here for all of the details from all 3 school districts, student hiring posts and any updates from our program!


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Visit from the TN Dept. of Education
Our Innovative High School Grant- GCSSD, MSSD, TSSD staff enjoyed hosting the state officials from the Tennessee Department of Education on February 23rd at Peabody High School. The staff was so grateful for the opportunity to share experiences and accomplishments with those who made the grant possible. They began the day with a time of networking, introduction by our Project Director, (Emily Young Pitt), they then had students from each of the high schools speak, and lastly, a video of our community partners sharing about their experiences. The staff cannot say thank you enough to the TDOE, the CTE Directors, superintendents, business partners, students, and administrators for the support they have received! They were also glad to welcome the Special Projects and Strategy Lead at Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL), Mr. Mark Hill. 

State Visit

Jason Baskerville (Peabody student speaker), Ms. Kayley Tyner (TSSD Career Advising Specialist) Ms. Pamela Poston (TSSD Work Support Coach), and Ann Taylor Elliott (Peabody student speaker).


District Wide

District Wide Grant Staff:
Pamela Poston (TSSD), Justin Carr (MSSD), Delaney Naffziger (GCSSD), Carly Archie (GCSSD), Emily Pitt (Project Director), Kayley Tyner (TSSD), and Kimberly Hudgins (MSSD). Not pictured: Tim Lownsdale (GCSSD)