Teacher team externship in global logistics at Ingram Content Group
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.
In June 2012, teachers from Hillsboro High School's Academy of International Business and Communications participated in a teacher externship with Ingram Content Group, which is the parent company of a host of book distribution and logistics business units. Ross Womack, Vice President of Global Transportation, hosted the teachers from Hillsboro during their time at Ingram Content Group. Womack and his staff conducted a tour of the warehouse facilities to provide a general outline of the complexities of inventory management, warehousing, and receiving and shipping operations. The teachers also observed presentations and discussions about potential changes in the 3PL strategy of the Ingram Logistics division as it changes suppliers for global consumer direct fulfillment programs.
By learning about the various aspects of successful logistics management and participating in essential strategy discussions, the teachers from Hillsboro High School were able to connect with their business partners in a meaningful way and see the broad set of skills needed to succeed in the working world. Following the externship, Mr. Womack remarked that he hoped the teachers gained a sense of "excitement regarding a profession that touches everyone in some fashion every day of their lives." He also emphasized that solid geography and math skills are essential for success in a career in logistics. In his message for students, Mr. Womack said: "Development of these skills at an early age will provide an advantage in entry level positions after high school. Supply chain and logistics touches every facet of life, and with it can come more specialized career opportunities."
Engaging with the local high schools through the teacher team externship and other events allows Ingram Content Group to connect with Nashville and Middle Tennessee in a more meaningful way. Mr. Womack emphatically stated: "Without a doubt, the satisfaction comes from giving back to the community in the form of education and training for future professionals, educators, and leaders. The benefit is long-term and we hope to realize greater potential from our future associates who are now being educated in our high schools."