Women of AT&T host Academic Day for adults

l-r: Kathy Sager, Leah Peterson, Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Cathy Lewandowski, MTSU Representative, Jessica Peterson and Andrea Porter at the 1st annual Adult Education Fair. (photo: Deborah A. Culp)

l-r: Kathy Sager, Leah Peterson, Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Cathy Lewandowski, MTSU Representative, Jessica Peterson and Andrea Porter at the 1st annual Adult Education Fair. (photo: Deborah A. Culp)

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The ‘Women of AT&T, Nashville Chapter’ held an Adult Education Fair at the architecturally innovative AT&T building (also known as the Batman Building) in downtown Nashville. The Education Fair was designed for working adults who are interested in furthering their education. This event was free of charge and open to the general public. From the time conference attendees walked in and stepped up to sign their names to departing for the day, they did all possible to assure each person savored the experience. Tennessee House (44th District) Rep. Brenda Gilmore stopped by to support the event.

Several highly acclaimed academic institutions operated as onsite vendors at the event. They came prepared, and each were quite information about their specific college curriculum and programs. It was a ‘no pressure’ environment, offering potential students tangible packages and various goodies as well. The latter ranged from themed t-shirts to edible treats provided by the smiling, user-friendly representatives.

AT&T employees clad in their company t-shirts, beaming with pride and ready to serve, facilitated the event. AT&T team member Angela McGibben even granted a guided tour of the famed Batman Building’s 27th floor observation deck.

The catchy superhero name is derived from the shape of the top of the actual building. From the outside, the front top of the building resembles the masked face of Batman. The two tall towers on either side of ‘the face’ appear to be ‘ears’—hence the name.

Leah R. Peterson, president of the Tennessee Chapter Women of AT&T, said the event was geared toward the working adult.

“Some of the advantages of adults continuing or retuning to the academic structure are the pace of classes, evening classes which allow for maintaining employment and pursuing higher education,” said Peterson.

Karla Burnett is a noted Nashville blogger and social media professional who covered the event—another clear sign that we as adult professionals have advanced by technical leaps and bounds over the last few years.

Each prospective learner took advantage of the opportunity to visit with member schools under the MTHEA (Middle Tennessee Higher Education Alliance) Group, along with eight additional colleges and universities to discuss degree programs offered by their institutions.

This year’s participating MTHEA (Middle Tennessee Higher Education Alliance) colleges included: Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Bethel University, Trevecca Nazarene University, DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management, Lipscomb University, Tennessee Tech University, Troy University, King University, Union University, WGU (Western Governors) University, Argosy University and Western International University.

Additional colleges and universities included: Strayer University, South College, Belmont University, Fisk University, Daymar College, Remington College, Nashville State Community College and Brightwood College.

AT&T has always been on the cutting edge of offering services and programs to the public and their employees. In another news release to the media, the company announced the launch and delivery of a forthcoming, innovative communications program titled ‘FirstNet.’

“The delivery of FirstNet’s state plan for review within Tennessee is a significant step toward providing Tennessee’s first responders with the services they need to help save lives and protect communities,” said Cathy Lewandowski, PR representative for AT&T Corporate Communications. “We encourage Tennessee to move quickly to review the state plan. Following review, should Tennessee opt in, AT&T can begin delivering FirstNet services to Tennessee’s public safety entities.

“This network will strengthen and modernize public safety communications in Tennessee and help first responders to operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line. The FirstNet network will also bring investment to America’s communications infrastructure. During 2014-16, AT&T invested nearly $1.2 billion in Tennessee’s wired and wireless networks, and we will build upon that investment to bring first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.”

The purpose of the nonprofit organization, Women of AT&T, is clear. They have organized to connect and inspire members to achieve their personal and professional goals and to effect change in the community. Women of AT&T will provide an avenue for women to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities; ensure professional and personal development for continuous growth, advancement and success through education; mentoring; and networking to benefit both the individual, as well as the corporation. The Tennessee Chapter currently has 281 active members from Memphis to Knoxville to Chattanooga and surrounding Tennessee cities.

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