The Learning Lab events offered high school students an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and learn about the inner workings of an NFL team. The series kicked off in October and ran as three separate events through November. Thousands of high school students toured Nissan Stadium for this special education series, and Tennessee Tech’s Office of Communications and Marketing and Office of Admissions were on hand to share information about the university.
“These events are a really great opportunity to connect with the students,” said Tech’s Marketing Coordinator Shanna Muncy. “The students are excited, and the sessions the Titans put together were great to show them all the different careers you can have with a professional sports team. The Titans are also such a great organization, and we share many of the same values about teamwork and dedication – Wings Up! Titan Up!”
As part of the Learning Lab event, high school students received a tour of Nissan Stadium and attended presentations and question and answer sessions with Titans executives. Tennessee Tech admissions counselors were also on hand to answer any questions and interact with the students. The students also received a free gameday ticket, provided by the Titans, to come back to the stadium for their game with the Dolphins in January. More than 3,000 students attended the Learning Lab series.
Tennessee Tech alum and current Titans cheerleader Mark Geist commented that his experiences at Tech prepared him for his exciting career as part of a professional sports team.
“Tennessee Tech offered a diverse array of opportunities that translated into my current position as an engineer and my work as a professional with the Tennessee Titans,” said Geist. “Being selected as a participant and coach for the co-ed cheerleading team led to the opportunity with the Tennessee Titans. Participating in leadership roles in Sigma Phi Epsilon helped me learn how to connect with different people to reach common goals.”
Geist continued, “The main commonality I see between the Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Tech is the focus on community outreach. By striving to enrich their respective communities, both organizations invest in their future and the future of everyone around them.”
Geist is in the process of finishing a master’s degree and looks forward to soon pursuing a teaching career in manufacturing and engineering technology.
Tennessee Tech is ranked as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers more than 200-plus programs of study, and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.
Find out more at tntech.edu/wingsup.