PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Five students committed to a career straight out of high school.

Wednesday afternoon, Manual High School seniors pledged to work for Caterpillar (CAT) after graduation. The school hosted a signing ceremony outdoors in front of a Caterpillar D3 Dozer.

The five future CAT employees are:

  • Arianha Bryant Campbell
  • Perla Figueroa
  • Jameer Walters
  • Jaylen Pierce
  • Sarai Cardona-Sainz

In a program through PPS, the students served half of their school day in a paid internship with CAT for their senior year. In those internships, each student was paired with a mentor from CAT.

Peoria Public Schools (PPS) Superintendent, Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, as well as Peoria Mayor Rita Ali, were in attendance.

Kherat said next year, CAT plans to hire 19 seniors out of high school.