On Thursday, November 11th, The Holston FBLA chapter attended a field trip to Emory & Henry College and the William King Museum of Art. FBLA Vice President, Skye H. stated that, “This was a very educational and interesting trip.” The Club members started the day by speaking with Amanda Pollard, the Assistant Director of The van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development at E&H. She shared several career related resources (career prep classes, internships, etc.) The students were then taken on a campus tour where they learned some unique facts about the school. One interesting take-away was that the campus Radio Station (WEHC) is the first in the state of Virginia to be 100% solar powered. Another interesting story revealed the reason that the train tracks run right through the campus and particularly close to the building that is the former house of the School President.
Students were personally greeted by the current College President and also visited an Accounting Class. During this visit, they had the opportunity to speak with a College Professor and some students. The students then met with the Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Tracy. He talked about his journey to E&H and gave an update on the new School of Business building that is scheduled to be completed next year. He also informed the students of many helpful and interesting facts about business and entrepreneurship. It was interesting to learn that only 30% of jobs are now advertised, as most jobs are not posted, but obtained through some form of networking. At the end of the presentation, students received some E&H Wasp gear and enjoyed lunch in their cafeteria.
The next stop was the William King Museum of Art (WKMA), which recently signed a partnership with E&H. Upon arrival, Suzanne Brewster, WKMA’s Business Manager & Chief Financial Officer, talked about WKMA’s history and their current events. She informed the club members about how WKMA is a non-profit organization which means they provide a public benefit. The public benefit WKMA provides is free access to a museum with many changing displays. Next, she talked about how Covid-19 has affected their business/finances as a non profit organization. Students then went through all the exhibits, including the “Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia'' (seventeenth century paintings) and “Will the Circle be Unbroken?”(death and death traditions). Finally, the students got to hear some ghost stories from the staff at WKMA.
Our trip to E&H and WKMA was very beneficial in many ways. From career preparation to business education, and then to history and ghost stories, this trip was very interesting and fun. According to Skye H. again, “This was a great experience with the FBLA and I cannot wait to go on other trips with the Holston FBLA chapter!”