"A project can last anywhere from six months to twelve or longer," says Tyson Foods senior training specialist Robert Tucker. "There's a lot of detail that goes into it."
But instead of coding at a computer the Tyson System Life Cycle program splits students up into teams to create different parts of a supply chain.
Instructors say the project shows kids the importance of communication by forcing them to tackle issues as they arise.
"We want them to know what each phase is, what you're supposed to be doing," he says. "There's a lot of things that come with working on a project and working in a team that we want people to learn, but we don't want to just say on a power point or tell them."
Many of the kids return for internships after heading to college, and Tucker says it creates perfect job candidates.
"They've already been here for several years," he says. "They're used to our process, they've been through our classes, they know where they're gonna fit in a project and they can start adding value immediately."
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