Strong relationships with local academy partners is the key to building effective business engagement in our high schools. The Academies of Nashville provide students with meaningful, hands-on learning in context through unique partnerships with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The Teacher Team Externship Program gives teachers an opportunity to have a real-world professional experience at a host organization to develop a project-based curriculum that gives students industry exposure and applied learning. Teachers from Antioch High School’s Freshman Academy had the opportunity to have an externship with their business partners Deloitte, Nissan, the Tennessee Federal Credit Union, and Holiday Inn.
During the third week of June, our team participated in an externship with Nissan, Holiday Inn, Deloitte, and the Tennessee Credit Union. At Nissan we had the chance to see a great presentation on going green by Pat Vickers. We also took a tour through the plant to see the making of Nissan vehicles. We then shifted gears to visit Holiday Inn. We were able to explore every aspect of hospitality. We were able to visit the sales department, engineering, front desk, human resources, the restaurant, and housekeeping. When we visited Deloitte, we had an awesome learning experience. Did you know Deloitte employs more than 65,000 people! While at Deloitte, we took a tour of the building and spoke with employees from different departments. Our favorite was the Telesuite. The Telesuite is used to meet with other Deloitte offices worldwide. This really eliminates travel expenses and time. Our final stop of the externship was the Tennessee Credit Union. While visiting, we learning the history of the credit union and why/ how our credit union is an important source of community funding.
The business partners were inspiring and impactful during our entire visit. Their willingness to take an afternoon out of their busy schedule to host us was very inspiring. We found that regardless of how many questions we asked, they made sure that we were answered thoroughly and thoughtfully. We truly appreciated all the time they allowed us.
Out of this experience, we are developing a PBL called #talkingtrash. At each location we learning the cost effectiveness of sustainability and facts about recycling. We were inspired to use environmental data from our local community and impress upon the students the need to adopt sustainability as a philosophical choice. Currently, Antioch High School does not have a sustainable recycling center. We hope through this PBL, our students will be able to create a sustainable school environment.