Signature Programs
Alexander Clark Institute of Advanced Studies



Exploring Careers through Experience, Engagement, and Internship
The ASPIRE program was developed to give students opportunities to explore their futures while still in high school, fostering future change-makers and community-minded individuals. In the 2022-23 school year, the ASPIRE program offered: career education for the entire Upper School including a resume writing assembly, a basic finances assembly, a career exploration assembly and advisory activity, and career assembly days with nearly 40 guest speakers; mentorships; internships; and job shadowing opportunities.

Through the span of the program, students will:

  • Explore their own personal interests, strengths, and experiences and learn how to articulate them through a resume and during an interview.
  • Develop important academic and professional skills such as writing, research, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, time management, problem solving, and public speaking.
  • Gain familiarity with a wide variety of career options.
  • Seek out resources to help them design an applied summer experience. 
  • Engage in conversations with peers and faculty about the concept of vocation.
  • Imagine how they fit into the career world and narrow down career options through experience.
  • Network with community professionals in fields that interest them.
    • Career Day 2024

Thank you to our Career Day guest speakers for coming to our campus and speaking to students about a variety of career path options and their experiences in their professional fields.

  • General Leon Collins - Major General. U.S. Army Retired
  • Dan Champney - Special Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Will MacArthur - Engineering Supervisor at ASSET Engineering
  • Robert Farr - Associate at Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects and Engineers
  • Dr. George Bey - Professor of Anthropology at Millsaps College
  • Sunny Sethi - CEO of Bellamare Development & Certified Hospitality Management
  • Ariana Palacios - Customs and Foreign Trade Global Advisor
  • Stephanie Scott - Retired former CFO of Blake Management Group
  • Dr. Dawn Bishop McLin - Professor of Psychology, Program Director & Principal Investigator at Jackson State University
  • Lida Gibson - Asst. Professor of Academic Information Services at Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities UMMC
  • Dr. Erin Taylor - Assistant Professor at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC

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    Hollie Marjanovic 

    Assistant Head of Upper School and Upper School Learning Facilitator
    (601) 853-6023
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