Bentonville’s Ignite Program Lands Students Full-Time, Competitive-Paying Jobs

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A local high school program is preparing students for unique opportunities after graduation.

Bentonville schools developed the Ignite Professional Studies Program to provide students with relevant learning experiences. It collaborates with  local businesses and industry professionals by setting up internships for students.

Michael Sutera graduated from Bentonville High School last month.

“As an associate developer, I write code. I mainly work with JavaScript and HTML and CSS,” Sutera said. “I was really able to solidify that this was what I wanted to do.”

When he was offered a full-time salaried job opportunity at RevUnit after interning with the company, he couldn’t pass it up.

“It was before I finished the internship that they offered me the position,” Sutera said. 

Sutera is one of four graduates hired right out of high school at RevUnit, a digital strategy and product studio shop.

No college degree, no problem.

“That’s not a requirement for us, we’re looking for people that have the skills and talent to be able to perform the job,” Michael Paladino, a co-founder of RevUnit said.

Paladino says in the technology field there’s a growing talent gap. And the Ignite Program has worked to fill it.

“They bring with them the hunger to learn, the desire to grow their careers and it’s been great having them here,” Paladino said.

For Sutera, it’s a unique and economical way to start a career as he takes a break from school – for now.

“The work environment here is awesome, the people, everyone is super welcoming and great and kind and amazing,” Sutera said.

There are several different career paths that the Ignite Program focuses on. These include construction management, culinary arts, digital design & photography, education innovation, global business, health sciences, technology, and video production.

For more information, visit https://www.bentonvillek12.org/Ignite.

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