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Jackson Teens Sent to Nissan HQ For Resume Challenge

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nissan badgeFor the fourth year running, Nissan North America ran its Resume Challenge program at its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. African American high school juniors and seniors from six American cities were invited, with Nissan’s facility in Canton, Mississippi sending 10 young men to represent them. Nissan partnered with 100 Black Men of America to form this career readiness course in conjunction with the other events the automaker is hosting to recognize Black History Month.


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The two-day Resume Challenge Workshop was a chance for participants to get hands-on career coaching from Nissan employees, as well as assistance constructing a quality cover letter and resume. They were also taught how to be better interview participants. After the workshop, students assembled their resumes and submitted them to Nissan for consideration.

Once at Nissan HQ, the high school students met Nashville community leaders and Nissan employees from departments around the company and then took a tour of the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant to see the Nissan Rogue, Leaf, and Altima being built. The cities that sent participants to Nashville included Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas.


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“While celebrating African American history is an integral piece of Nissan’s Black History Month observances, helping to prepare tomorrow’s black history makers is equally important to us,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This was not Nissan’s only event for Black History Month, as they also worked with Mississippi leaders to hold a free screening of Hidden Figures and made a sizable donation to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. Tomorrow might be the start of March, but Nissan is committed to honoring diversity all year round.