Mustang Transformation

A Mustang Transformation Challenge was held at Green Acres Middle School on March 20, 2018. Several freshman students from P. D. Jackson-Olin High School expanded their business repertoires by participating in the challenge. The event highlighted the many opportunities that exist in the business world while also giving the students a chance to get an up-close look at some of the products and services offered by various companies.

Presentations were provided by Mercedes-Benz, 901 Transportation, Regions Bank, Riverchase Kia and Nike. Guest presenters told their personal success stories about finding employment and rising through the ranks of their company. Additionally, presenters provided advice on the things high school students should be focused on that will yield future success. As an added treat, students were able to check out the features of the new Mercedes 2018 E400 as well as Kia’s 2018 Kia Stinger.

Tripp Murrow, owner of 901 Transportation, shared entrepreneurial steps on cultivating a mid-sized business. 901 Transportation provides transportation for patients to doctor appointments on a regular basis. Students were able to learn about his business first hand.

Regions Bank shared products and services related to opening student accounts and investing. Nike served as the culminating wrap-up to the day’s events. Students learned about the history of Nike and the company’s three major functions – product, sales and marketing. Once Nike completed their presentation, students were left with a broader understanding of the evolution of Nike’s technology.

Mr. Delane Knight of Project Focus/Mentor + a partner of GEAR UP Birmingham worked to bring the idea of “Mustang Transformation” into fruition.

Project Focus/Mentor + provides essential life skills to help young adults be successful in academic, personal and professional settings. Project Focus provides mentoring support for GEAR UP Birmingham students and their parents/guardians and has been committed to preparing young adults for life beyond high school since 2007.

Author: Dr. Marsha H. Savage

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