Field Experiences Round 1

During their freshman year, our CMA scholars circulate through five-week rotations focused on exposing them to each of our four career pathways before choosing a pathway of focus in February. Each rotation culminates in a field experience. The four dates for our field experiences this year are September 16, October 21, January 13, and February 17. Here are some pictures of our field experiences from September 16:

Homeland Security

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This year, our scholars were fortunate enough to get to visit the Knox County Jail (no pictures allowed) and the Federal Court Building. It just so happened that the federal building was hosting naturalization ceremonies, so our scholars were able to witness this ceremony and participate in a Q & A session with the judge afterwards. They also participated in a tour of the Knox County Jail across the street.


Advanced Manufacturing

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Our advanced manufacturing scholars got to tour the Provision Center for Proton Therapy where they were able to see how cancer is treated using proton therapy. Afterward, they traveled to the ProNova Solutions manufacturing site to see firsthand how the proton therapy machines are built using state of the art manufacturing equipment and methods.


Teaching As a Profession

We had two different field experiences for Teaching As a Profession, one for our freshmen who visited the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Services, and one for our sophomores who visited Nature’s Way Montessori School.


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Our freshmen were greeted at the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences by Dr. Bell who discussed the importance of recruiting committed teachers to the teaching profession and provided an overview to the benefits of pursuing Teacher Education at UT. Dr. Phillips then discussed current trends in education. Our scholars then received an overview of the teacher licensure programs at UT and participated in a Q&A before visiting the Instructional Services Center & Curriculum Lab and touring the Hodges Library. Students finished off their trip with a tour of Vols Teach Greeve Hall and conference room. Read about their visit on the UTK website!



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Our sophomore teaching as a profession scholars are currently working on a PBL which asks them to compose their own teaching philosophy and to design their own school and classrooms. To this end, they have already hosted such guest speakers as Buzz Thomas, President of the Great Schools Partnership and Dr. John Rysewyk, Founding Principal of Emerald Charter School. On Wednesday, our sophomore teaching as a profession scholars were fortunate enough to visit Nature’s Way Montessori School where they learned about the Montessori approach to education and were able to shadow a Montessori student for an extended period of time to observe the Montessori approach first hand. Our scholars were impressed with the students’ soft skills and their ability at such a young age to self-advocate and to manage their time and achieve goals independently.


Sustainable Living

Our sustainable living scholars had a blast visiting and working at Beardsley Community Farm where they got to tour the entire facility and learn not only about community farming but also about irrigation, honey bees, and community service. After the tour, our scholars participated in a Q&A and spent an hour working in the gardens on site. Thanks Beardsley for such an awesome, hands-on, educational experience!

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