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Exploring Our Options

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Jacquelyn M. and Chassity S., students from Maplewood High School,  participated in a job shadow with the Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.  In this post, Jacquelyn and Cassity write about their experience.

20170112_123552We learned many things in the Neuroscience unit at Saint Thomas Hospital on our job shadow experience. Going into this program we had no idea of what to expect and we encountered a lot of surprises. We encountered a lot of unsuspected things, such as checking a patient’s incisions. We had a lot of patients come in to recover from back surgeries, so one of our main priorities was trying to make the patients comfortable. We were on our feet a lot due to us having to check on our patients and bring them the medicines they needed when they needed it. We didn’t know how fit nurses had to be. Every time a patient received medical care or medicine it had to be tracked and reported. We also had to follow all of the HIPPA rules and regulations. We knew that HIPPA was part of being in the medical field, but experiencing it first-hand made us see how serious it was.

Some of the best moments were when we introduced ourselves to the staff and patients, and they were so welcoming and nice. A lot of the patients had many interesting stories to tell. The work environment was very social yet professional. It helped us obtain good communication skills and a good day’s exercise. The feeling of helping people was the best ever.

This job shadow has given us a great inside look into the medical field, and a career in nursing. In the future we would definitely like to go back and do it again, preferably in different fields of study, so we can explore our options.

Cheers, Tears, and Celebrating Ten Years

This year is the Academies of Nashville 10-Year Anniversary!

While we will be celebrating all year long, we hosted a special presentation at the December Administrative and Supervisory Meeting last week. Hear from students from each of the Academies of Nashville schools on how the academies have helped their pursue their college and career goals.

Nnadozie Ibe, Antioch High School, Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance


Jarad McCray, Cane Ridge High School, Academy of Law

Reanas Saleh, Glencliff High School, Hands On Nashville Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning

Olivia Zavitson, Hillsboro High School, US Community Credit Union Academy of International Business and Communication

Tevion Turner, Hillwood High School, Academy of Health Sciences

Alanna Brown, Hunters Lane High School, Academy of International Baccalaureate

BreeAnna Collins, Maplewood High School, Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness

Victor Ochoa, McGavock High School, Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality

Khai Hardin, Overton High School, Academy of Information Technology

Jacob Graham, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, Academy of Entertainment Communication

Jack Utley, Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Academy of Science and Engineering

Jacob Williams, Whites Creek High School, Academy of Community Health

The Story of a Student Athlete- Hillsboro High’s Darius Ferguson

By Rashed Fakhruddin

Darius Ferguson picStudent athlete Darius Ferguson has a game plan both on and off the basketball court. The Hillsboro High School varsity basketball player averages 11 points and six assists per game and helped lead his team to the state tournament two years in a row, but his priorities remain focused on academics and potential career opportunities.


A year ago, I was sitting next to Darius’ parents during one of his games at regionals. They mentioned he was interested in engineering and I offered the opportunity for him to shadow me on the job at Nashville Electric Service (NES).


During fall break, Darius took me up on the offer and spent the day at NES learning different engineering applications, asking questions and talking about career development. During our lunch break, the roles reversed and Darius taught me a few things on the basketball court over a couple of games at the nearby YMCA.


Earlier this month, I turned on the television to see Hillsboro playing Mt. Juliet. Darius had a monster fourth quarter advancing the team to state. The very next day, I received an email from Darius asking about the possibility of an NES internship this summer. I was so impressed! This senior just had one of the biggest games of his life and he still has his future in mind.


Darius Ferguson basketball picWe recently had a long phone conversation that was the highlight of my week. It topped my winning three-point buzzer beater for NES against the Nashville Fire Department in the Metro Parks Basketball League. It even meant more than a personal spotlight in Nashville Scene’s annual People’s issue.


It epitomizes the dream we have as business partners with Metro Nashville Public Schools to see our students motivated, challenged and prepared for college and careers.

Hospitality and Business Experiential Learning at McGavock High School


Hospitality & Tourism students visit Gaylord Opryland Hotel every year. Here are some students during a job shadow. They shadow employees of the hotel gaining experience and insight to the world of hospitality. They learn about all aspects of the hotel such as the front desk and human resources, which are pictured.



Banking and Finance students benefit from having the U.S. Community Credit Union as a business partner. Pictured are banking and finance students discussing marketing tactics with the head of marketing for the USCCU, J.R. Jerningan. McGavock has a fully functioning branch of the USCCU inside the school where students work gaining banking experience while other students have to ability to open accounts and learn about financial responsibility.



Entrepreneurship students benefit from having Deloitte as a business partner. Betsy Oleska, the Senior Engagement Manager at Deloitte is a member of the advisory board for the Academy of Hospitality and Finance. She helped to facilitate the job shadow for the students. They learned about consulting and auditing while there.



The culinary students help to prepare meals while at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel. They gain valuable experience in a real life culinary atmosphere. The students also create menus to serve to the staff at McGavock High School in their Bistro. Once a week, the teachers can go to the Bistro and enjoy a pre-fixed menu prepared and served by the students.

McGavock students “rock” at Rocketown

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A group of students from McGavock’s audio production class had the opportunity to visit the full studio at Rocketown on a scheduled experiential learning day. With the prior help of teacher, Mr. Oquendo, the students were able to run a full session from beginning to end with little instruction.


They used production software, Logic Pro X, which they have been trained to use during class-time. All students involved helped write a script for a commercial that Rocketown will use in the future and on their website. Each student took a turn running Logic and being in the sound booth. Back at the full studio in McGavock, the students will finish their project by writing a jingle and editing what they produced.

Hispanic Heritage Month – NES’s Experience with Two Interns from Glencliff High School via the Conexión Américas Escalera program

Rashed Fakhruddin, Engineering Supervisor, Nashville Electric Service

interns in Control Design projects-staff meetingThe opportunity to job shadow a professional working in your desired career is an incredibly valuable experience. For Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) students, it’s also a requirement. During fall break, Nashville Electric Service (NES) had the opportunity to welcome two aspiring engineers from Glencliff High School through the Conexión Américas Escalera program, which works with young adults who will be first generation college students in their families.

Carlos H. and Adiel A. were motivated and eager to learn. On their first day, I had planned to briefly meet with a professor and a Vanderbilt baseball player during my lunch break with my two sons. Carlos and Adiel accompanied me for the trip. Besides meeting with second baseman Tyler Campbell, I introduced them to one of my electrical engineering college professors and a civil engineering professor whom I had sat in on his dissertation rehearsal in 1987 during my freshman year. The students then got to sit in on an engineering class and visit a robotics/automobile lab on campus.

On our second day lunch break, we played two games of full court basketball. Ouch! My back is still asking for relief! What I didn’t realize is that Carlos and Adiel were captains of their cross country team that had just won district. Coincidental, my wife and I had just watched the movie McFarland USA earlier that week, a very inspiring true story that had been featured during Hispanic Heritage Month.

interns w Vandy baseball star tyler campbellThroughout the week, these bright students got an overview of NES’ substation controls and communication designs. They learned about system protection and distribution planning. They visited the test and system control departments and got to observe the very impressive SCADA operations center. They were active participants in our project meetings, helped gather and compile information from protective relay sheets and organized electrical drawings to fit inside our storage cabinets.

In total, Carlos and Adiel completed 40 hours of work at NES and have the soft skillset required to succeed along with an excellent work ethic.

MNPS has been working hard to get students prepared to graduate and pursue post-secondary education and a successful career. As a business partner, NES plays an important role in complementing the work that MNPS does. By providing practical experience of the theory that is taught in the classroom, students can connect the dots and become better prepared for the workforce. Experiential learning opportunities show students that great opportunities can be obtained through a quality education. Internships and job shadowing specifically provide advanced training and exposure to growing career fields.

Interns at Vandy w Prof MazitaI hope that one day in the future, Carlos and Adiel will have the opportunity, after receiving their college degrees, to return to NES as full-time engineering employees.


Tennessee Titans Host Job Shadow for Maplewood Student

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Chris C., a student from Maplewood High School,  participated in a job shadow with the Tennessee Titans.  In this post, Chris writes about his experiences.




My name is Chris and I go to Maplewood High School. Recently, I was given the amazing opportunity to job shadow the General Manager of the Tennessee Titans, Ruston Webster. I learned some valuable information from Mr. Webster, as well as his crew, such as advice on what to study for in college, how much work ethic I should have to get to that point, and what career pathways to go after. I will use the experience to help develop myself as a student, a person, and a future businessman. This experience was truly life-changing and overwhelming. I never wanted it to be over. I will most definitely use the passion and determination this experience has given me to excel in life post-academically.

Thank you to Mr.Webster and the Titans organization.

Students Job Shadow at Firefly Logic

Job shadowing gives students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world.  Students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School in the Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies   participated in a job shadow at Firefly Logic.  In this post, they write about their experience.


Firefly Logic is a technology development company creating software, mobile apps, web development, and marketing opportunities for clients. Students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School engaged with the company CEO, a programming developer, and web developer, to understand their creative process by listening to the customer needs and vision. Students learned about the iterative process of software development life cycle, their development methods, tracking project progress, testing, and delivery to the client.


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Students Get A Backstage Pass

Saturday, November 1, 2014,  Jason Spence of J Sound Services gave three Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School students, John G., Jawan M., Matthew R., and a teacher, Linda Sun, a special backstage tour of the CMA show setup at Bridgestone Arena. The group spent two hours with Jason seeing the mixing stations, audio and video broadcast trucks, all the electrical and networking sites, and the front of house areas as well. They left understanding it takes hundreds of people, some of whom work year round, to put on one three hour live music television awards show. Another takeaway was the knowledge that there are multiple back up systems, so if one thing goes wrong during the telecast, it get’s covered immediately! There is no room for error in a live show.

Finally, they saw lots of equipment they have access to learn to use at Pearl-Cohn. Everything is recorded and mixed in ProTools – the platform they can become certified in as seniors. The live sound mixing consoles are basically versions of the digital networked console in the auditorium that Jason’s company installed, their master control truck has much of the same equipment as our broadcasting studio master control, and the television sound truck has a mixing console that works like the one in our recording studio.

It was all really impressive and rejuvenating for our students.

Job Shadowing Provides Different Perspectives for Stratford Students

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Austin S., a student from Stratford STEM Magnet High School,  participated in a job shadow at Emma. Additionally, Jorge C. participated in a job shadow to Universal Robotics.  In this post, Austin and Jorge write about their experiences.


Stratford at Emma


It was a wonderful opportunity to be at Emma for a job shadow. I learned a lot of skills within the amount of time we had during each study. I really enjoyed Kat’s role as Scrum Master, and the role she plays in development. What stood out to me the most was when she mentioned the two concepts, Waterfall and Agile, and how each of it differs from one another; Agile, being set rules and Waterfall, having an open space to think freely.

Kevin’s role was awesome to learn about because he knows that if he makes a mistake he can go back and fix that mistake. The app he is designing looks great! I want that app for myself to try it out.

I also enjoyed learning what Scot does and it looks like he has the most complex job there at Emma. It was an honor to see what he does. The visual representation was the best part of the session, and I was flabbergasted by the things he does with all the codes. For example, reading the codes, and how he can pick out which person is doing the right or wrong thing and not messing up.

Last but certainly not least is Mary with the marketing role. What stood out to me most was when she said that there are repeating ads for when you go to different websites, CPC (cost per click), and how she uses Google Analytics and different websites to analyze all the data she receives.

I also enjoyed making our app and it was fun! I hope one day the app we thought of will be used and we can create it in the future. The Q&A was a great experience as well. I enjoyed speaking to all of them. Overall this was a great experience and it has shown me the diversity of the tech field.  I will definitely learn more about the fusion of technology and the restaurant field.


Straford at Universal Robotics


I was in awe from the moment we pulled in the driveway, when I noticed that that Universal Robotics wasn’t just any old office building but a house in a regular neighborhood. Hearing Mr. Peters explain his and the company’s background was very intriguing. He also introduced the group to new software being created by his company that will make an impact on the Internet by evolving search engines.

Later in the day, we visited the lab in the backyard. There was a robotic arm in the facility, and one of the employees gave us a demonstration by lifting boxes. The arm functions with suction cups underneath it and uses a vacuum force to lift the boxes and places them on a platform. Another tool that was demonstrated was a laser that made a 3-D design on the computer. The laser reads any object on a flat surface and creates a 3D model using a special software on the computer.

Each employee had his or her own unique background, most didn’t even know they were going to be there at one point in time. Then it hit me that you can succeed in life if you put time and effort into it. I thank Universal Robotics for the time they had to spare for us, to come and visit their facility.

Intercession Recap: Hunters Lane

Even though it’s that time of the year for students to relax and enjoy their break from school, Hunters Lane still had students actively engaging in the community. In the MNPS system, we have what is called Intercession week before fall break. During intersession, students are able to get involved in the community with educational or experience based activities. At Hunters Lane, the following activities were offered for all of our students:

IMG_1673IB Art Exhibit:

On October 8th, Hunters Lane hosted an IB (International Baccalaureate) Art Exhibit at the Goodlettsville Public Library displaying artwork designed by Junior and Senior students in the Academy of International Baccalaureate. Each student chose a local artist and mimicked the technique and style that their local artist used within their own artwork. Students then invited their local artist to come to the art show to check out their stellar art pieces. Some students even got the chance to receive art from their local artist for having chosen them as their inspiration! The art show was a blast. Thank you to all teachers, staff, local artists, librarians, parents, and students for taking the time out of their day and learning about the talented Hunters Lane IB Art students.

Human Relations Summit:

Also, on October 8th, Hunters Lane students took a trip to Fisk University in downtown Nashville. At Fisk, the annual Youth Summit was hosted for students within the district to get involved and gain knowledge on issues within the real world and ways to positively impact their community. There were several workshops held throughout Fisk’s campus including: Religious Freedom, Diversity and Culture, Bullying Violence, Southern Word, Hate Crimes, Conflict Management, Healing for Survivors, Peacemaking Circles, etc. The Human Relations Summit is a great way for students to gain leadership skills, connect with other students, and have fun learning about different perspectives on life!


IMG_1652College Tour:

On October 8th and 9th, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from Hunters Lane took a field trip to Western Kentucky University, Campbellsville University, Louisville University, and Austin Peay. Students were able to get information about financial aid, tuition, courses, credits, and life at these great colleges! Also, Tennessee Technological University alumni, Coach Fleck, took a group of students to TTU in Cookeville, Tenn. All students who attended the college tour(s) had a great time exploring prospective colleges they may attend.

Senior Give Back Day

On October 11th, Hunters Lane Seniors attended their annual give back day where they painted the class of 2014 motto/inspirational quote on the hallway at Hunters Lane. This years quote is: The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Come check it out at Hunters Lane on your next visit! Thank you to all the seniors who could make it!

Academic Aid:

On October 9th and 10th, all students were able to attend the Algebra/Geometry Review, IB and Capstone Open Library, ACT Reading/English prep session, and the prodigies catch up days. In the variety of activities, students would get help on the subject-specific courses and continue working on long and short term assignments as well as receive college prep where students gained insight on how to put together an exceptional college application, creating a personal statement, creating a resume, completing the FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and all other helpful college tips.
– Mika Carr
Hunters Lane High School
Academy of International Baccalaureate
Academies of Nashville Social Media Intern


Growing the Future of Urban Agriculture in Nashville

The Academies of Nashville business partners are an essential element to high school redesign. While many partnerships occur in the classroom through guest speakers and mentoring, there are some partnerships that occur with students outside of the school grounds. Jason at Trevecca Nazarene University’s Urban Farm shares his experiences with students outside the classroom. 


UnknownEarly this spring, Trevecca Urban Farm began developing a relationship with the Academies of Nashville after an enthusiastic visit from the director, Dr. Chaney Mosley and Overton High School’s Academy Coach, Mary York.  A desire was expressed at that point to begin connecting students from Metro schools–particularly from the four schools with agricultural pathways—with our agricultural work.  Overton in particular has an agricultural academy that focuses on urban agriculture.

This dream quickly began to be realized when three students from Overton spent a week of mornings with us at the farm, working and learning about the how’s and why’s of urban agricultural during their spring intercession.  This was followed by the Trevecca Urban Farm Camp.  Like the intercession week, this was a hands-on learning experience that submerged students into the global and local issues of food, farming, and justice as they learned to care for chickens, fish, worms, fruit, and vegetables.  In addition, eighteen students learned how to build and plant a garden, build a compost pile, and plant trees. These eighteen students represented eleven different nationalities as first or second generation Americans.

Students completing the camp had an opportunity to apply for a paid internship for the remaining seven weeks of the summer.  We welcomed six students who worked hard alongside our farm team to build up the farm and plant a huge vegetable garden, care for fruit trees and bushes, and care for fish, worms, and chickens.  Once they were trained in the why and how of the farm, we were able to let them teach and lead groups of visitors at the farm over the summer.  It was amazing to watch them passionately explain to other teens the issues around food access in our neighborhood. Two of the interns incubated chicks from our fertilized eggs. Another wants to be a missionary and employ these skills abroad for the good of those she serves.

Additionally, the Trevecca Urban Farm hosted five teachers from different disciplines for a teacher externship where they worked and learned for three full days about the issues of food justice, agriculture, nutrition and diet-related illness, and gardening. The teachers planned to develop an interdisciplinary project to be implemented at Overton this fall. It was a shock to the teachers that the Overton student interns taught them about the farm. They were blown away when we allowed these same students to train them in what we were doing with enthusiasm, ownership, and expertise.  They couldn’t believe the difference in these students when they were given a chance to learn with their bodies, follow their curiosities, and embrace leadership roles.

Finally, we took the interns to a local farm where they picked blackberries, blueberries, and apples and got to see how a full scale production farm operates.  They were involved in every aspect of our work and were educated in the social, biological, and spiritual aspects of caring for the soil and its fruits.  In their last week, they caught tilapia out of the aquaponics system and took them to Chef John in the cafeteria where he taught them how to filet and prepare the fish for a meal.  We then ate a meal together that was almost exclusively made up of farm produce that they had grown and harvested.  The summer with these high school students was a rich, rich experience—incredibly inspiring to the adult interns and volunteers that worked alongside them through the summer.

Four students from the internship and the camp stated, without any prompting, that they were applying to Trevecca Nazarene University!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Students from throughout Nashville spent the past few weeks tirelessly preparing and creating videos, recruiting community voters, and shining their shoes to walk the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Academy Video Awards, sponsored by MTSU.

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Academies of Nashville Director, Chaney Mosley, and MTSU’s Billy Pittard present the Best in Show check for $1,000, to the Academy of Health Science and Law at McGavock. Left to right are Mosley; Elise Taylor; Barclay Randall; Robert Bagwell; DeLaney Williams; and Pittard.

The awards show was held April 22 as a part of the Nashville Film Festival and more than 250 students, teachers, administrators, and community members attended to support the students in their hard work and efforts during the district-wide competition.


This is the second year MTSU has agreed to be the title sponsor of the show. MTSU students produced the awards show using the university’s state-of-the-art mobile production truck and allowed more than a dozen MNPS students the opportunity to shadow the 40-person crew during the event.

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Co-producer Kelsey Lebechuck, shown in the back row, and Director Colby Graham, shown in the foreground, were two of 40 undergraduates in MTSU’s Department of Electronic Media Communication who worked on the Academies of Nashville Video Awards Show.


Congratulations to all of our student winners! Watch these student produced videos here and learn why MNPS students believe the Academies of Nashville are a great place to learn.

Hillsboro Students Job Shadow at Belmont College of Pharmacy

From Belmont University News and Media Blog

Hillsboro High School students visited the College of Pharmacy March 20 as part of a job shadowing program designed to expose them to the pharmacy profession and expand student interest in the pharmaceutical field.

“Health care and pharmacy are changing now, and the industry wants to be prepared. PharmD is a terminal degree and a commitment. The high school age group is good to target because they will know whether this is for them or not,” said Assistant Professor Edgar S. Diaz-Cruz, who serves as an advisory board member for Hillsboro’s Global Health Academy. “High school students also can gain valuable experience as a certified technician, and we want to expose them to that. This was a chance for them to see our facilities and research labs and get to interact with our students and faculty.”

The job shadow day was made possible in part by the Walgreens Diversity Donation award, which aims to recruit minorities to the pharmaceutical field.

“I never thought about all the things pharmacists do, like working in labs and making medicine. It’s a broad field,” said Hillsboro junior Zacnite Vargas. She said she is now considering pharmacy in addition to her previous goal of pediatric medicine.


The students learned about the formulation of drugs, careers in pharmacy, visited Belmont’s Pharmacy and simulation labs and met with Dean Phil Johnston.

“It’s important for our kids to know the opportunities available to them, what is expected of them in college and that what we are doing in school is on target for them to get there,” said Hillsboro health sciences teacher Emily Carter, who accompanied the seven students on their visit to Belmont. “This was a fabulous opportunity to get them re-engaged in their classes.”

Fourth-year pharmacy student Cortney Manning showed the high school students around the pharmacy, how to fill a prescription as well as the steps taken to ensure the correct medications get to the right person.

“It was nice to give them tips that would help them be successful in pharmacy school and influence their decisions to come to a pharmacy school at all,” she said.