Archives for February 2012

Glencliff High brings home gold medal from FCCLA national conference

Katie H., a student in the Academy of Hospitality & Marketing at Glencliff High School. She participates actively in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at her school. Last summer, she attended the 2011 FCCLA National Leadership Conference and gained distinction in Nutrition & Wellness.

During the 2010-2011 school year, I competed in Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR EVENTS competition where I placed first at Regional and State Level. I was then honored to advance to the 2011 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in representation of Glencliff High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and FCCLA Tennessee in the STAR EVENTS Nutrition & Wellness category.

For this event, I recorded the nutrition and physical activity intake of three people (Mrs. Angela Boone, Mr. Jonah Cavalier, and myself), researched nutrition and wellness issues, observed and noted any possible health risks of my subjects, gave each subject a set of goals with detailed steps to accomplish said goals, and created a wellness plan and nutrition plan for each. Then, I constructed a portfolio with all the above components that met all official requirements. It was a four-month process altogether. Then, I presented my portfolio for examination, and conducted an oral presentation to a panel of judges.

My advisor, Mrs. Angela Boone, and I traveled to Anaheim, California the week of July 10th. While there, I attended various workshops and ceremonies, met lots of unique people from the West Coast, East Coast, and Puerto Rico, and competed against representatives from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. After all points were tallied I received the Gold rank, the highest honor in my category and became the only Gold Medalist in the FCCLA Southern Region for Nutrition & Wellness Event. It was so exhilarating! We were also able to enjoy California’

s great weather, yummy food, breathtaking beaches, and visit the magical world of Disneyland. It was an experience that I will never forget.Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

It was such an honor to represent my terrific school, MNPS, and, of course, FCCLA Tennessee. This is an experience that has helped me prepare for my future and given me enthusiasm towards achieving my goals and doing my best to excel in all I do. Thanks to Mrs. Boone, all others who made this event a reality, and those who supported me throughout. I was able to grow as an individual as well as a leader. Plus, I brought back a reminder that hard work and dedication do pay off—

a Gold Medal.

Learning opportunities in arts and communication at Cane Ridge

Kelsey T. is a senior at Cane Ridge High School and a student ambassador for the Academy of Arts and Communication. This academy benefits from the committed support of its academy partners: Fox 17 WZTV, Home Center Network, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bytes of Knowledge, Jerry’s Artarama, and Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. In this post, Kelsey writes about how the real-world experiences provided in the classroom and on-site with these academy partners has provided her with a strong start in a career in arts, multimedia, and communication.

Cane Ridge student ambassador Academy of Arts and Communication

Kelsey T. is the student ambassador for the Academy of Arts and Communication at Cane Ridge

My name is Kelsey T. and I this is my first year being the Academy of Arts and Communication Ambassador. I have enjoyed my year in the Interactive Multimedia pathway thoroughly. I have always been great with computers and wanted to obtain more experience with digital marketing. I feel that my pathway provides this opportunity. We have many projects and step-by-step training that help the class understand how to properly use the software.

The Academy of Arts and Communications has a variety of pathways that one can explore. I have had the pleasure to get a little taste of each pathway. In the Visual Arts pathway I was able to use critical thinking in art and learn about the history and cultural background of certain sculptures.  The broadcasting teacher, Mr. Heiselman, has given me some pointers for reading off of a teleprompter. In my pathway, Interactive Multimedia, I have learned a variety of styles, animations, and fonts to be able to put together the perfect presentation or advertisement. We also have the club Future Business Leaders of America, which gave me more experience in public speaking. I competed in public speaking in the club’s regional competition and had the pleasure to travel to Chattanooga for the state competition, where I had a fantastic time.

I am very grateful for our partners. They have impacted us so much and want the Arts and Communications academy to be as great as our teachers do. I am very proud to say that Fox 17 has donated some equipment. Even though I will not be able to see it, we hope to get more Mac computers for this academy. This Academy is filled with great experiences and insightful teachers and I am thankful to have been a part of it.

Creating meaningful business engagement in education in Nashville

Connie Williams has been PENCIL Foundation’s executive director since 1999. PENCIL is a non-profit agency that links community resources with Metro Nashville Public Schools to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life. Williams was formerly the Director of Shared Information Services for Deloitte & Touche. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. In this guest article, she writes about how PENCIL Foundation has helped created more meaningful relationships and partnerships between the business community and Nashville’s public high schools. Williams will be a featured speaker at the Ford Next Generation Learning Hub Nashville Study Visit, March 8–9, 2012.

While Nashville businesses have a long history of positive relationships and successful experiences working with schools as PENCIL Partners, most of those positive experiences had been with middle and elementary schools. Prior to the Academies of Nashville, high school partnerships tended to be short-term and without a strong sense of vision and purpose. There was a clear need to create more meaningful business engagement to enhance high school education.

We understood that to successfully recruit Academy PENCIL Partners, we needed to change perceptions of high school partnerships and build new models for engagement. PENCIL and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce began by working collaboratively to build and develop six industry Partnership Councils. We seeded those councils with passionate and patient friends of PENCIL and public schools. Before recruiting the first Academy Partner, we spent more than a year working through the Partnership Councils to build relationships between schools and business staff. We gave council members an opportunity to work together to define effective partner-school projects and programs.

Our first Academy Partners were drawn from these Partnership Councils, with council leaders and members agreeing to partner with an academy. Next, the Partnership Councils helped us host a series of industry breakfasts, where they shared their early experiences and encouraged their peers to get involved. Creating an environment that allowed members of the business community to convince their peers and colleagues to join our cause was a crucial step in the process.

Working with MNPS leadership, PENCIL identified and targeted key partners to fill gaps and work toward our goal of at least two partners for each academy in the district. Finally, the Chamber and PENCIL provided public recognition and publicity for these early partnerships through news stories, celebrations, and a public signing of partnership agreements.

How have Academy Partners enabled and expedited reform? The answer is simple—the Academy Partners provide “relevance” for our young people’s academic experience in high school. Through job shadowing, internships, guest speakers in the classroom, and externship opportunities for teachers, business partners provide context and real-world insight for academy students and their teachers in a new and exciting way.

Future lawyer at Cane Ridge benefits from Academy of Law

Malik B. from Cane Ridge High School‘s Academy of Law writes in this post about learning foundational principles for starting a career in law. The Academy of Law partners with the Davidson County District Attorney Officeand the Davidson County Department of Juvenile Justice to bring real-world learning opportunities and experiences to students in areas of jurisprudence and law enforcement. Malik is the Academy Ambassador for the Academy of Law and is enthusiastic about how his academy is preparing students to enter these important fields.

Cane Ridge Academy Law student ambassador

Academy of Law student ambassador Malik B.

I am a junior in the Academy of Law at Cane Ride High School and this is my first year as an ambassador. Being in the Academy of Law has been an astonishing experience for me. I never knew that studying the law could be so interesting. The Academy of Law is teaching students all aspects of law. My academy teacher has us doing projects about what we want our future careers to be. We also have a mock trial setup, fingerprinting, police uniforms, and more.

The mock trial setup is for our future lawyers who plan on either prosecuting or defending people. We do a lot of cases to ensure that our future lawyers get the best experience they can while in high school. We do fingerprints for our students who are interested in the forensics area. Fingerprints help students get a good grasp of how forensics will be in the real world. Students like studying different fingerprints because they find it interesting how people can differentiate who did what or where they have been with something as simple as a fingerprint.

For students who want to be police officers, we have the whole police uniform and accessories. For example, we have handcuffs, flashlights, bullet-proof vests, duty belts, and a gun holster.  Students can now know what it’s like to be a police officer before they become one. The Academy of Law also works with students who would like to become an FBI detective, paralegal, or even a judge.

Cane Ridge’s Academy of Law covers many aspects of the law and will help students become the best they can be at any law job/career.


What is alignment and how does it foster community support for real-world learning in Nashville?

Nashville Study Visit 2012 March Ford PAS Next Generation Learning

Sydney Rogers is the Executive Director of Alignment Nashville, a non-profit organization in Nashville that supports Metro Nashville Public Schools by bringing the energy and talents of community members and business into partnership with the local system. Rogers previously was the Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Nashville State Community College. In this guest blog post, she writes about the importance of community alignment in contributing to effective high school reform efforts. Rogers will be a featured panelist at the Nashville Study Visit March 8–9, 2012.

In most communities there are many people who are concerned about the condition of our public education system. They want to bring their time, talent, and resources to help improve our schools. In many cases people organize and create non-profit structures to accomplish this work, and Nashville has followed a similar pattern.

The Academies of Nashville program is a great example of how we have “aligned” our city’s time, resources, and spirit of volunteerism. Hundreds of non-profits and businesses are actively helping students and teachers by brings both support and real-world context to learning. All of these organizations are all working toward the same goal: the wholesale transformation of our all of our zoned high schools. The work is structured and coordinated by various lead agencies. Before the Academies of Nashville, organizations connected with schools individually. While there was good work happening, these efforts were neither strategic nor coordinated.  For the most part, each organization worked alone or with one or two other organizations.

Now, Alignment committees composed of school district officials and community leaders provide structure for community engagement in education. These committees identify either a population group (pregnant/parenting teens, immigrants, dropouts, etc.) or an issue area (social-emotional learning, developing a college-bound culture, etc.) to focus their efforts. Next, the committees create an action plan and issue an invitation to the broader community to join in working toward a solution. This approach is a great improvement from just a few years ago, when each organization brought its own well-intentioned agenda to the schools.

Now, we have organizations working together toward the common goals and looking at the big picture together. By supporting the school district leaders and their strategies, we as a unified community are making tremendous strides toward building an excellent public education system in Nashville and making our city an amazing place to live. The Alignment process is the glue that keeps the work of our community organizations transparent, coordinated, strategic, and more significant than if each were working alone.

Summer internship at U.S. Community Credit Union

McGavock High School is proud of it innovative partnership with U.S. Community Credit Union to give students real-world learning opportunities and authentic work experience. Students at McGavock in the Academy of Business and Finance learn financial principles in the classroom and then have the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in job shadowing, internships, and working at the fully-functioning branch of U.S. Community Credit Union in their school. In this post, Academy Ambassador Aaron H. writes about the skills he learned during the summer internship and how they have impacted his learning and put him on the right path toward being college- and career-ready.

McGavock student summer internship U.S. Community Credit Union

It’s one thing to make an A on a test, but it’s another thing to get an A because you are building skills in a profession. At McGavock High School, we are implementing new ways of learning that will prepare students for the working life outside of school. One way that we are doing this is by giving students the opportunity to go off campus and spend time working with a partner company. I have personally experienced a summer-long internship with U.S. Community Credit Union.

The process of being selected for this internship was a great experience in itself. I had to apply for the job, just like in a real-life scenario. After filling out the application I had to wait for the call telling me when my interview was. While waiting for the interview, we had our business partners from Gaylord Opryland Hotel visit all the applicants and train us on how to interview and what the interviewer looks for. They gave us the skills to interview, and I took the skills I had been taught into my interview. After the interview process, there was another wait to see who got accepted for the job.

I was one of the ten students that were selected to take this summer-long internship. We began the training process for the internship the first week of June. The whole week we learned about different policies and regulations that were set into place. When handling over $25,000.00 dollars a day, there are many rules that are set into place. After learning the rules on how to handle different situations in the credit union, we began going out to the branches and seeing how a branch runs. You learn everything from who goes in the vault, who opens accounts, and what each person’s role is. The week after training, we were assigned to a branch and we shadowed a teller at that branch. That was another week of the internship. The third week of June, we were assigned to a drawer and were watched for one day to make sure we were doing things right. After just two and a half weeks, we became one of them. We were being used as tellers and being looked at as family.

It was as if we were just thrown into a lake, and you either float or they hold you above the water. There was no chance at failure because they were always motivating you and were always quizzing you on what you have to do. For the remainder of the summer we put the skills that we learned to the test. The internship was the training that we needed so that we could succeed in running the branch of U.S. Community Credit Union that operates in our school. After the summer was over, we became the only workers and had to rely on our own knowledge to be successful. The internship was an amazing experience because it immersed me in what I want to do. I want to be an accountant and this was a tool that will help me understand finance and money much better. The internship was the greatest thing that I have ever done with school.

Job shadowing in music education

Job shadowing is an important step in helping students determine the direction of their academic studies. Job shadowing and internships are crucial components of the career exploration encouraged by the Academies of Nashville. Tatyana B. observed Ms. Jazmin Johnson of H.G. Hill Middle School to learn about the daily activities, rewards, and challenges of working in music education. While shadowing, Tatyana was able to work with students on their preparations for auditions at the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association‘s Junior Mid-State Competition. Tatyana is a student at Hillwood High School‘s Academy of Business and Hospitality.

Hillwood student job shadowing music education

Tatyana job shadowed the band director at H.G. Hill Middle School

A few months ago, I was blessed with a job shadowing opportunity to observe the band director, Ms. Jazmin Johnson, at H.G Hill Middle School to learn more about what being a music educator actually entails. At that time I was at a crossroads between choosing music education, music performance, or some other field to be my major in college and, ultimately, my career. I felt it would be best for me to decide whether music education was a career I would enjoy to the fullest and be ready to commit to for a number of years.

During the job shadowing I mainly observed the different aspects of each class such as behavior, music, and the overall atmosphere. I asked many questions to the band director about the job and how it affects her life. However, the most important lesson I was taught came from the experience of seeing how diverse music education is, especially in middle school, since grade level usually determines skill level, how much can be taught, and what kind of music is performed. The job requires the teacher to be very adaptable and patient. I was even given a chance to practice this flexibility when I was given the opportunity to help a few students study some of their music for Junior Mid-State. This experience showed me how difficult it is to task myself so each student can get the most out of my assistance. I also found that it was very exciting to be able to sit down with students and give them the knowledge that I have so they can use it and share it as well!

After the job shadowing experience and looking back at my observations, I finally moved a couple of steps closer to the major I will choose and gained a lot of insight about the responsibilities and joys that come along with being a music teacher. At the moment I still have yet to decide what major I will choose. Having this experience has given me more facts so I can make an informed decision of my major before the end of the school year.

Hunters Lane students attend DECA leadership conference in Orlando

Students from Hunter Lane High School‘s Academy of Marketing and Business attended the DECA Sport & Entertainment Marketing Conference February 1–5, 2012 in Orlando, FL. DECA is an international organization that brings together teachers and students in business, finance, marketing, sales, customer service, entrepreneurship, and managing. DECA is one of ten Career and Technical Student Organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education. In this post, Allenia S. writes about her experiences attending the conference in Florida.

DECA student marketing business organization

DECA is a high school marketing organization that helps students get a better understanding of the marketing and business fields. Within this organization, you learn about marketing strategies, business etiquette, and other business-related topics. It is a great organization for those who want to be business majors and gets you a step ahead before you enter college life.

One of the best and most exciting events I was able to participate in this year with DECA was a leadership conference in Orlando, Florida. During this conference, the members of DECA were given the privilege to listen to various speakers share their experiences and give knowledge about their career path. It was so interesting to listen to everything that goes into running a business. You’d be shocked to hear about all of the things that go on behind the scenes.

The entire trip was an outstanding learning experience. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I would. I highly recommend future marketing and/or business majors to be a part of this organization. DECA will bring out the best in you.

U.S. Department of Education official visits Hillwood High School

The U.S. Department of Education‘s Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, is visiting Hillwood High School today to learn about the Academies of Nashville. Dr. Dann-Messier’s visit is an honor for MNPS because the Academies of Nashville program has been identified by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the top programs in the country that combines rigorous academic curricula with a focus on career readiness. In a recent speech, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that “it is the responsibility of K-12 educators to prepare all students for both college and career.” Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier’s visit is an indication that the Academies of Nashville are succeeding in this dual mission.

Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

First, Dr. Dann-Messier will tour Hillwood’s Academy of Health Science along with Director of Schools Jesse Register, Associate Superintendent of High Schools Jay Steele, and Executive Principal Steve Chauncey. Next, the Assistant Secretary will participate in a panel discussion with a teacher, coach, student, community partner, and school administrator on the importance of career academies in preparing students for college and providing a focus for the educational experiences. Last, Dr. Dann-Messier will moderate a roundtable discussion to hear from students and parents about their experiences in the Academies at Hillwood High School.

Following her visit at Hillwood, Dr. Dann-Messier will visit Nashville State Community College.

Hunters Lane students blog to increase humanitarian spirit and community service in Nashville

Two Hunters Lane High School students are taking the humanitarian goals of their Academies very seriously. Last autumn, they started a blog, “We Are Humanitarians,” to help their peers become more connected to global issues and aware of opportunities for community service to help others. Lindha and Hayley are juniors in the Academy of Health and Human Services and the Academy of International Baccalaureate at Hunters Lane.Academies of Nashville Hunters Lane High School

On their blog, they write:

We were inspired to create this blog with the aim of informing people about relevant and potentially little-known issues that affect the mental and physical health of young people in our community and around the world. We hope to provide helpful information as well as opportunities for people to volunteer in their local and global communities. We believe in the idea of being humanitarians. To us, being a humanitarian means staying connected to the world and having a passion for improving the quality of life for everyone. To us, being a humanitarian starts with knowledge. We hope to make this blog an interactive setting where everyone can input their ideas, knowledge, and experiences. We all have the potential to be humanitarians. All we have to do is share the wealth of knowledge that everyone possesses.

The common focus of the Academy of Health and Human Services and the Academy of International Baccalaureate is to find ways to make the world a better place for everyone. “We Are Humanitarians” seeks to support this admirable goal by informing young people about issues and opportunities. The blog regularly features “Humanitarian Opportunities,” which are community service opportunities students can join to make a positive impact in the community. “Random Health Facts” help student to make better informed decisions about their health and lifestyle.

“We Are Humanitarians” is a great example of the exciting changes the Academies of Nashville are bringing to MNPS high schools and the larger Nashville community. These students are taking a passionate interest in helping others and are using their schoolwork as a vehicle to make middle Tennessee a better place to live for everyone.

The benefits of the Academies of Nashville Study Visit 2012

 Nashville Study Visit 2012 March Ford PAS Next Generation Learning

The Academies of Nashville Study Visit will take place on March 8–9, 2012. In this guest post, Melissa Jaggers of Alignment Nashville writes about the benefits of this event for the education, business, and community leaders from around the United States who will attend. Jaggers is the Associate Executive Director for Alignment Nashville, a non-profit organization that brings together community resources to positively impact public school success, children’s health, and the success of the community as a whole. In partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Alignment Nashville serves as the Regional Hub for Ford PAS Next Generation Learning.

Communities engaged in high school redesign at any point in the process are welcome to attend the Academies of Nashville Study Visit. This is an opportunity to hear about challenges and solutions in high school reform from a group of leaders that has successfully implemented and managed meaningful reform. Whether a school district administrator, community partner, business partner, or school board member, any stakeholder in a reform effort can benefit from this dynamic opportunity.

Participants will hear the story of Nashville’s high school transformation from the perspective of all of the major stakeholders. Visitors will also have the opportunity to interact with individuals who share similar jobs or roles in their own community through our “job alike” sessions. Roundtable discussions tailored to the visiting communities’ needs are always a highlight of the event. The Nashville Study Visit is limited to fifty participants in order to ensure a high-quality, individually-tailored experience for all participants. Finally, two school visits allow participants to observe teacher team meetings, interact with students, observe problem-based and inquiry-based teaching in the classroom, and hear from school administrators about the challenges and solutions in high school redesign.

The connections forged at the Academies of Nashville Study Visit are an invaluable asset for any community’s journey toward high school reform. Participants are afforded the opportunity to network with professionals, administrators, and educators from Nashville and the other communities attending the event. The professional relationships created during this meeting enhance the community of reformers throughout the country and help to spread best practices as widely as possible. Alignment Nashville is proud to serve such a vital role in making reform manageable and accessible to the Nashville community and the rest of the country.

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The Academies of Nashville at Antioch High School

Antioch High School is home to five interdisciplinary academies that allow students to pursue their interests in hospitality, teaching, healthcare, public service, automotive technology, finance, communications, and the arts.

Academy of Hospitality

Academies of Nashville Antioch High School Pathways:
Applied Music
Event Marketing (Recreation, Attractions, and Entertainment)
Food and Beverage Service

Brentwood Hilton Suites
Just Cruisin’ Plus
Nashville Metros Soccer

Academy of Teaching and Service

Counseling and Mental Health
Teaching and Training Services

Nashville State Community College
Trevecca Nazarene University

Academy of Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology
Automotive Engineering
Science and Math

Best Buy
Nissan of North America

Academy of Communication

Digitial Design
Visual Arts
Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster Design

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance

Banking and Finance
Business Financial Management and Accounting
Business Management

Tennessee Credit Union

The Academies of Nashville at Hunters Lane High School

The five Academies of Hunters Lane High School give students access to a wide variety of real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to pursue their interests in media, design, technology, healthcare, public service, hospitality, business, finance, and marketing.

Academy of Design & Technology

Academies of Nashville Hunters Lane High School Pathways:
Computer Simulation and Game Programming
Digital Arts and Design
Electronic Publishing
Web/Multimedia Management

Nossi College of Art
Music City Networks

Academy of Health & Human Services

Counseling & Mental Health
Therapeutic Emergency Services
Therapeutic Services

Skyline Medical Center

Academy of  Hospitality

Food and Beverage Services
Travel & Tourism

Nashville Convention Center
Renaissance Hotel

Academy of International Baccalaureate

Diploma Programme
Middle Years Programme


Academy of Marketing & Business

Business Management: Ford PAS
Marketing Communications


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Dollar General
The Southwestern Company
SunTrust Bank

Nashville to host education and community leaders from throughout the United States in Study Visit

As a Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Next Generation Learning Resource HubNashville hosts community and education leaders from around the country to visit our fine city and learn more about how MNPS has implemented comprehensive high school reform. March 8–9, 2012, visitors from all over the United States will converge on Nashville to take part in the Academies of Nashville Study Visit. During this intensive, two-day event, participants will engage in a panel discussion with leaders in Nashville’s high school reform efforts, work one-on-one with peers who have the same job and responsibilities, and visit the Academies at two Nashville high schools.

The panel discussion will feature key leaders in Nashville’s high school reform efforts: Jay Steele, MNPS Associate Superintendent for High Schools; Connie Williams, Executive Director of the Pencil Foundation; Sydney Rogers, Executive Director of Alignment Nashville; and Marc Hill, Chief Policy Officer of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. All of these organizations will be contributing posts to the Academies of Nashville blog over the next few weeks in anticipation of the Study Visit.

Participants in the Academies of Nashville Study Visit will tour academies at Glencliff High School and McGavock High School.

Antioch automotive technology students tour Smyrna Nissan plant

On February 1, students from Antioch High School‘s Academy of Technology and Communication enjoyed the opportunity to tour Nissan of North America‘s Smyrna manufacturing plant. Selected students traveled to Smyrna last Wednesday to meet with Nissan representatives and see the subjects of their Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and Electrical classes put into action. They were able to meet Nissan employees on and off the assembly line, participate in a question-and-answer period with employees, and take an informative tour of the plant. This real-world learning experience will provide these students with invaluable practical context for their studies in automotive technology. Nissan of North America is a dedicated academy partner of the Academy of Technology and Communication and makes tours and job shadowingpossible for our students.

Antioch automotive technology students tour Nissan plant

Antioch automotive technology students tour Nissan plant

Ralph S., junior

I think the Nissan Plant experience was awesome!  I wish we could do it all over again.  I really liked how Nissan uses robots and seeing the robots work was cool.  Watching the cars being made from scratch was a neat experience.  I believe that is something I would want to do in the future.

Trey Holt, senior

My experience to the Nissan Plant in Smyrna can be summed up in one word: exhilarating.  It was cool seeing all the cars coming from the raw material stage to being a complete car.  Seeing all the robots was awesome, too, especially the larger than life robots working.  I would like to thank Mr. Muhlstadt, Nissan, and Antioch High School for giving me a truly learning experience.

Christian Maldonado, senior

Touring the Nissan plant was an awesome experience, even though we couldn’t see the test track which I know everyone wanted to see.  We literally saw the assembly line, the workers actually working on the cars, instead of just putting on a little play for us.  Since being in this class I’ve wanted to have my career in the automotive business.  I don’t want to work on the assembly line, but I want to work with the car itself and all the parts of it.  Going to the Nissan plant made me want an automotive job even more.

Joseph Woolfolk, senior

I enjoyed the Nissan tour very much.  One of my favorite parts was watching the robots piece together the cars and weld the pieces together.  Sparks were flying right over our heads while we were on the tram.  Another cool part was being able to see the giant metal press in action.  I only wish I could work there someday.  It would be amazing.