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The city of Vicksburg is being run by high school and college students this summer. Well, not exactly.  Source: WLBT The city of Vicksburg is being run by high school and college students this summer. Well, not exactly. Source: WLBT
The students are working with city officials as part of Vicksburg’s annual Summer Student Program. Source: WLBT The students are working with city officials as part of Vicksburg’s annual Summer Student Program. Source: WLBT
Banks is one of 30 college and high school students learning just what it takes to work in different city offices such as public works, the police department and info tech. Source: WLBT Banks is one of 30 college and high school students learning just what it takes to work in different city offices such as public works, the police department and info tech. Source: WLBT
The students are also earning cash while learning this summer. Source: WLBT The students are also earning cash while learning this summer. Source: WLBT
Program organizers say the goal is for students to leave with more than just a paycheck. Source: WLBT Program organizers say the goal is for students to leave with more than just a paycheck. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Vicksburg is being run by high school and college students this summer.

Well, not exactly.  

The students are working with city officials as part of Vicksburg’s annual Summer Student Program. College student and Vicksburg native Marshall Banks landed a job this summer in the city's Human Resources Department.

“With Human Resources, it is a lot of policies," said Banks. "It is a lot of things that go on in the background and a lot of people don't know about background checks."

Banks admits it is a challenge, but is well worth it.

“It's been an excellent experience to connect with different people," explained Banks. "And it's also been great to network and to build upon professional skills.”

Banks is one of 30 college and high school students learning just what it takes to work in different city offices such as public works, the police department and info tech. The city is also partnering with local businesses and churches.

Tobias Bruce is shadowing one of the aldermen this summer -- a career he's now considering in the future.

“I want to go out and listen to people and help people and help make it a better community,” said Bruce.

The students are also earning cash while learning this summer.

“They will be paid and that will help them defray some of the costs for the college tuition or whatever and it is the opportunity to give them an advancement on financial stability,” said program organizer Debra Goodman

Program organizers say the goal is for students to leave with more than just a paycheck.

They want them to have valuable hands on experience and job skills.

“We hope that the students take some of the knowledge that they have gained from working here and be able to implement it in pursuit of their careers later on," added Goodman. "We're also hoping they come back to Vicksburg. They have seen how the city has operates and hopefully they will come back to Vicksburg and work in Vicksburg."

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