The Spark – October 19, 2018
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The Spark – October 19, 2018

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Additional funding for The Spark is provided by: Christian Brothers University, Mueller Industries,
Meritan, United Way of the Mid-South, My Town Movers, My Town
Roofing, My Town Miracles, and by SRVS [serves]. – This month on The Spark, our
theme is “Tech for Progress”. We’ll learn more about a
historic vocational institution that’s preparing students
for today’s skilled trades, an organization that chronicles the American Civil
Rights Movement and serves as a catalyst
for positive social change, and a nationwide
telecommunications company that’s helping non-profits
in the Mid-South. We’ll also share
a special moment from our Spark Awards 2017. Ever been excited
by a new idea? Inspired by watching
someone lead by example? When we talk about
creating change, we start by sharing the
stories of every day heroes making a difference
in their own way so we can learn
and do that same. This truth is the
power behind this show which is focused on business
and community leaders who are leading by example
to give back, fuel change, and create new opportunities
for the Mid-South. I’m Jeremy Park and
this is The Spark. They’re one of our country’s
oldest vocational institutions, training student for the
skilled trades for success. We’re here with the President
of Moore Tech, Skip Redman. 1909, a good year
for Moore Tech, but give us a little bit
of history for Moore Tech. – Well, William
R. Moore has been a longtime educational
facility here in Memphis. It started in 1909 when
William R. Moore passed away and left his estate to a
group of board members. They took the money, matured
it through the Depression, and we opened up in 1939 with
our first graduating class. Last, actually in July,
was our 79th graduation and it’s been a great
tradition here in Memphis and we’re excited
about being here today. Thank you for having us. – Absolutely. So, let’s talk about all the
different curriculum paths, so to speak, but
there’s six trade areas. And give us kind of an
idea of the different paths that students can go on. – Well, we have five
original programs. The welding program,
the machining program, the air conditioning program, industrial electricity program, and, basically,
building trades program. We’ve opened up,
actually, in July, the auto tech program
and brought it back. It was one of our original
programs back in the ’30s but really excited about that. We have over 50 students
enrolled right now. And we’ll be opening a
new facility in January. Construction, right
now, is going on. The location is on Mendenhall. It’s the old Dobbs Honda
Facility on Mendenhall. It’s about 30,000 square feet and we’re extremely
excited about that and the partnership we have with our 51 new car
dealerships here in Memphis. I think it’s gonna be one
of those things that’ll grow to be something at least
regionally attractive and maybe even
nationally attractive for students to
come to Moore Tech. – Well, I think
it’s pretty neat. I mean, one, you have
an automatic pipeline because the dealers
are invested in. – Yeah. – And so, they’re
giving you best in class in terms of the technical
equipment they get to work on and the expertise and the
mentorship and guidance but then also to
know, automatically, there’s a job
waiting at the end. – Yeah. – That’s a huge piece of this. But the students are,
they’re learning on best in class equipment. So talk about technology
and how that plays a role because I think that’s
really important on your end with these students. – Well, in that
particular program, after the second trimester,
there’s six involved, after the second trimester,
they’re basically required to be an apprentice
and be working as they receive their degree. And probably earn a 20 hour
week at $12 to $14 an hour. We have an official
apprenticeship program with the Department of
Labor in that program. All of the other programs have
basic internships embedded in their program but it’s
not an official situation. Most of our machining
students are working at one of the medical
device companies. Our welders are
welding part time. Building trades
folks, HVAC people, they’re working with
Conway and all the other, ya know, air conditioning
companies here in Memphis. But we focused over
the last five years in bringing up our equipment
and our technology. We’ve invested over eight
million dollars alone in technical implementation, particularly in the machining
and welding programs. – And then, share
the success rates. ‘Cause, I mean, we talk about
placement and graduation, I mean, you guys
have had over 90% and in some cases
100% placement. – Right, in most of our
programs we have 100% placement. Our overall placement
rate is 97%. Our graduation rate
is around 70% so if you come to Moore
Tech and graduate, you’re guaranteed a job. So, we’re excited about that. And that’s been the case
for the last five years. – And then, talk
about scholarships and how everything is funded because that’s another
importance element of this. – Students that come
to Moore Tech can apply for FAFSA funds,
which is Pell funds, and they receive
federal aid there. They can also apply for
Workforce Investment funds. We have a Moore Tech
scholarship and the thing that we really need
is to be a part of the Tennessee Promise and the Wilder-Naifeh
Reconnect Program. We do not receive
state funds, per se, but we’re hoping that
that will come to future. Well, we do not have a
student loan program so all of our graduates graduate
without a student debt. – That’s a nice thing,
is to graduate debt free. Talk about what the
average cost is. It’s about what, $2000 or
$6000 for the year total? – Yeah, typically
it’s around $6000 depending on what kind
of program you’re in because there are additional
fees in welding and machining. If you want to get
an associate degree, there is an
additional cost there. About $1500. Now the auto tech
program’s running at about $3500 a trimester
which runs about $21,000. But when you compare that
to the for-profit schools that most of our dealers had
been getting students from out of Nashville or Chicago
or St. Louis or Dallas, those tuitions are up
around $40, $45,000, not including the
cost of living. So it’s a great deal to be here. – And the last thing is I
wanna touch on the fact of when you talk about
this career path, these are very lucrative
job opportunities. When you get the training
and expertise, in many cases, this is something that
you can go off and, ya know, open your own
store, go into management, I mean, the sky is the future. But these are great, high
paying job opportunities that they’re getting the
basis for the foundation for success. So share a little bit, just
in terms of the track record for these students. – Right, in industrial
electricity, that’s usually our
highest paying program. They’re making out of the
gate $25, $27 an hour. We’ve had graduates get $35
an hour offer out of college. The welding and building
trades programs, around $18, $19 starting
rates and air conditioning and the machining programs,
around $20 to $22. Now that’s just to start. Ya know, the folks that
graduate from Moore Tech, ya know, some of them end up
owning their own companies. One of our board members, Tom
Wack, owns DeSoto Electric and he’s a graduate of 1966. So, there’s tons of great
success stories there. One thing I would
like to share with you about funding and student
enrollment is that we’re one of 44 colleges in the country that allow high school students
to access their Pell funds to enroll in dual
enrollment classes where they will receive
high school credit and college credit
at the same time. And we’re trying to get
that message out so, Mom and Dad, if you’re
interested in your son or daughter getting a
vocational technical degree and you want to start it early, I would check into Moore Tech. – Well, that’s a
great transition. Your website, social media,
phone number, where do we go? – Well, and
you call us (901) 726-1977 and we have a Facebook
page and a Twitter account and all that. I’m not that social
media savvy but anyway. We have our admissions
counselor is Justin Benjamin and he’d be happy to talk to you or anybody else on staff would. – Well, Skip, greatly
appreciate all you do and for coming on the show. Thank you very much.
– Thank you. Appreciate you having me. [upbeat music] – They’re an organization
that chronicles the American Civil
Rights Movement and serves as a positive
catalyst for social change. I’m here with the
Chief Marketing and External Affairs officer for the National Civil Rights
Museum, Faith Morris. And National Civil
Rights Museum, obviously an icon not
only here in the Mid-South but around our nation and world. So let’s start with a
little bit of history for the museum and
the organization. – Well, the museum
was opened in 1991 and it started out of tragedy because it is the
assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But early on, it was intended
to be more than a monument, a memorial, it
really was intended to chronical the Civil Rights
Movement and over the past, ya know, 28 years, we
have really been working to make sure that we really
do that in the best way. Considering all the
different audiences, the diversity of the audiences, and especially our young
people who come in droves to understand better
what this history is, it’s a linear experience. In 2014, and it’s always
been a linear experience, but in 2014, we did
a major renovation so that we could add more
technology, more immersion, you can get right next to
the elements of the exhibits and really understand better. – Take us a little bit
further ’cause, I think, when you walk in,
you’re really greeted by this very large wall. – (Faith)
Yes. – (Jeremy)
So let’s start there. – (Faith)
Okay. – Give us a little bit of
a taste test if you will, because to your point, you
go through this journey, and you do, you get to feel
it, you’re immersed in it. Give us some of your favorites
and kinda walk us through a little bit. – If you’ve ever been to the
museum and you come back, and I always say if you
haven’t been since 2014, you haven’t been- – (Jeremy)
Right! – You haven’t been ’cause it is- – It’s like a whole
new experience. – Right, it is a new experience. But we had to keep
some iconic elements. We had to keep
the Montgomery bus that has Rosa Parks and the
bus driver screaming to ya, “Get in the back.” Ya know, “Get off.” And where visitors could go
and sit down right next to. Ya know, if you ever look at
some of our social media posts, that’s one of the ones
you see so much with them, ya know, right next to Rosa. But also, new element there
was, and it’s widely walked, because this was a
women’s movement, this was one of the most
successful women’s movements that happened in
Montgomery in the ’50s. And the bus is something
that folks come to see. But it’s in a new element
with these statues of these women because they
refused to ride the bus. – MLK 50, I mean, obviously,
the 50th anniversary of the assassination. – (Faith)
Yeah – But using it as this
launchpad, especially for youth, to drive this movement. Talk about MLK 50 in
that context, especially. – MLK 50, and, ya know,
that’s the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. The actual day was
April 4th, 2018, but we spent from April 4th,
2017, to April 4th, 2018, and now we’re going
through the end of the year because it’s important
to just dedicate 2018 to this important topic,
this important milestone. – And talk about technology,
too, ’cause I want you to. You got technology, obviously, heavily used
throughout the museum. – Right. – You’re talking about social
media and activating there. – (Faith)
Mmhmm. – So I think technology,
media, I mean, all this kinda comes
together to really help and leverage what
you’re doing as well. – In the museum, you see
that there are smart boards so that you can go and
you can see, ya know, and, say in the lunch counter
exhibit, you can go in and see where there were
these public demonstrations all over the country of
what people did, ya know, in Seattle, in
Hawaii, and all over, places where you didn’t
think there were things. Folks always think that stuff
was going on in the South. They were all over. There was plenty in
the West, in the East, in the North, and,
of course, the South. And so you get to see the story and you get to play a little
bit while you’re learning. You go from the lunch counter and then there’s Acts of Courage and they’re
throughout the museum where you can pick up a
little telephone receiver and hear the history
maker telling their story. Talking about what they did,
talking about how tough it was, or the successes that
they had, or the troubles, ya know, the defeats
that they had. And it’s an opportunity
to hear the story teller from the history makers
which is really important. Us telling as a third
party is one thing but being able to feel
a little closer to those that were in the movement
as encouragement for those that are in the movement, or
looking at the movement as an opportunity to
make a difference. – So how can we follow
the conversation, how can we stay
engaged, where do we go, mention the website,
how do we be a part of what you’re doing? –
is a great place to be.
is a great place to be. We try to put as much
on there of who we are and what we’re doing and
allowing you to participate, come if you can. We’re doing a lot
of live streaming because folks all
over do wanna be here even if they’re not
physically here. The Freedom Award is
our signature program. It’s a fundraiser but it’s
more than a fundraiser. It’s where we recognize
outstanding men and women who have
contributed greatly to civil and human rights. There’s very few people
who have done anything, and this is since 1991,
in civil and human rights that we have not
recognized and celebrated and shared their stories as
inspiration for all of us to do more, do better, see how important it
is to get involved. – Well, I greatly
appreciate all you do and for coming on
the show and sharing. So thank you, Faith. – Thank you, thank you. [upbeat music] – The Spark Awards
annually recognize and celebrate individuals
and organizations that have made outstanding
contributions to the community. This year’s recipient of the
Individual Collegiate Award is Myles Franklin. [inspirational music] – (speaking through phone)
I’m Myles Franklin. I’m a graduate of
Central High School and a freshman at George
Washington University. Over the last year, I’ve
started a program called ResuMade, and I work
with area non-profits and other groups throughout
Memphis, Tennessee, and throughout the country. I’ve been a Bridge Builder
since the 10th grade. And during the senior year
Bridges summer camp, LITE Memphis looked for students
to bring into the program. So at the summer camp, I
applied for LITE Memphis and I was accepted into the
LITE Memphis program in August. LITE Memphis is you’re supposed
to come up with an idea that can change the city
and change the world at the same time. So originally, ResuMade
was supposed to be an internship program
that just helped students get in some type of
professional experience. However, I realized that idea
wasn’t feasible at the time so I pivoted it and in October, ResuMade started coming into
fruition and then in December, ResuMade had its
first workshop. So far, there have been
about eight workshops and we’ve reached out to
nearly 200 students so far. And we just, with
ResuMade all we do is we teach the students how to
write resumes in a basic format that allows them to get jobs,
allows them to be employed and at some point, in either
their teens or their early 20s. I work with the
Lynching Sites Project for about a year
and a half now. I started work with the
Lynching Sites Project a little bit after I became
Student Council President at Central. With the Lynching Sites Project, I simply would help them
to promote their ceremony they had in May for the
Ell Persons lynching, and I was helping to spread
awareness throughout Central and throughout the community. I spoke at the Shelby County
Historical Commission on behalf of the Lynching Sites Project to get one of their plaques
put up on Summer Avenue. I did some news
press conferences and also I helped set up the
tours throughout the summer for students that
come from out of town to go on tour of lynching sites. Students simply need
opportunity, I think. Truly when I’m in my
ResuMade workshop, the one thing that
they never realized that they have accomplishment or that they can
gain accomplishment through the smallest
of opportunities. Every accomplishment that I’ve
had so far, I never planned. Everything came
along just gradually. It just, if someone were to ask me a
year or year and a half ago, did I think I would be
in the position I am now, I would never thought it. [inspirational music] – They’re a nationwide
telecommunications company giving back heavily
here in the Mid-South. I’m here with Candace
Morgan with Verizon. She is the managing partner for Strategic Business Solutions
and, Candace, let’s start. Verizon is a very large,
well known name here in the Mid-South. Giving back, as I mentioned,
but give us a little bit of the history for Verizon. – So the history of Verizon,
we started as one company in the year 2000 where several telecom communications
companies came together. As far as the history
here in the Mid-South, as you mentioned, I’m
a local native here, so anything that we can do to
give back in our community, that’s been my
mission and my goal. And to just really help gain
that market share here locally so people know who we are. – And so let’s start
with some buzz words and let’s have
some fun with this. So let’s start with 5G. – (Candace) Okay.
– I mean, that’s crazy. Tell us what 5G, I mean,
you’ve heard 4G, LTE, all these acronyms, but
5G, that’s pretty cool. – Okay, so it’s different
than any other Gs that you’ve heard in
the past and seriously, it’s about two things,
bandwidth and latency. Now what does that
mean? [laughs] So, bandwidth is
really the capacity. How much can something hold? So, the pipe. So, all of these data
connections that we have, not just in people, but
in devices on the network. So, 5G’s going to
be able to help with that overall
bandwidth and the capacity that you’ll see. The latency is the cool part. We’re talking speeds
in the blink of an eye. A millisecond. That’s where the
latency will come in. So the end-to-end, the delivery,
I mean, it’s phenomenal. It is so impressive,
Jeremy, I’m telling you, I’m so excited about it. We’re going to be able to
solve business problems that people don’t
even know exist today. So, you think about AI,
robotics, self driving cars, that’s where 5G will play. – Well, ’cause, I mean,
think about it in terms of residential consumption. It’s watching videos,
but to your point, businesses, when
you’re talking about AI that consumes a lot of
data in the blink of an eye to be able to turn
around and say, here’s the next interaction
or here’s the next turn for a car. – (Candace)
Right. – That’s huge. That’s gonna move
the efficiencies, the effectiveness, everything. – It’s 100 times faster
is what we’re being told. – (Jeremy)
Wow! – Yes, and so, I don’t know if
you’ve seen the recent news, we’ve just launched in some
cities around the country. So Houston was just
announced recently and we should see more devices
come on in 2019, next year. So, we’re excited. – So Verizon, obviously,
it’s much more than phones and its technology so give
us kind of a la carte, if you will, when you
talk about Verizon, all the different worlds. – Yes, we do so many
different things. We have a brand Oath, if
you’re familiar with Oath, that’s our media company. That’s where you’ll hear more
about Yahoo Small Business. We also have the largest
fleet telematics community so we help with smart
intelligence inside of many of your trucks
you see on the road possibly have some sort
of Verizon technology in their vehicle. So we do tons of things. Business continuity so as
you have business owners, their biggest fear is
their systems going down. Well, we can back up. As a matter of fact,
we back up more than, I believe it’s the Top
Fortune 1000 companies. We have the most coverage
in those businesses when their services go down. We have a saying, “If you
don’t know who we are, we’ve done the right thing.” – So talk about, on your
end, keeping ahead of that ’cause, I mean, you’re in
the telecommunications, in the technology, this is
your life every single day. And, as you mentioned,
it’s rapidly evolving. So, talk about the ability
for Verizon to stay ahead of the game and what
are some of the things you’re looking at
trend-wise and, obviously, 5G is a piece of that but where
are we headed with all this. – Well, the big one,
of course, is in through our Verizon
Innovative Learning Schools and this is a big deal. And where we don’t have
any in Memphis just yet, we’re seeing that STEM
is extremely, right now, at the top of the mind
of every educator. So what we’ve done is we’ve
gone into several schools across the country, a free
tablet goes in the hand of every student and in
the hand of the teachers and then they work back
with one of our partners, Digital Promise, to go in
and then educate the teachers on what that STEM
process looks like. And that’s a big deal for us. Why is it such a big deal? Because we don’t want
to just sponsor things and just slap our name on thing. We really want to see
what that byproduct is and in this case, it’s the
education of our young people. And you’ll find ’em in
underserved communities because there’s a
huge digital divide. – I know that National
Civil Rights Museum, big part of that locally. So talk about technology
and tie into the Mid-South with National Civil
Rights Museum. – Yeah, so as in April,
we powered the MLK 50 which was a big deal for us. We worked really
closely with them and if you haven’t done a tour
lately, then when you go in, you’ll see that technology
is embedded throughout whether it’s in the
form of a tablet or back to that backup I
was talking about earlier, if something were to
go down and, you know, you could be something,
just a blackout, we never know what could happen, then they have things in place that will help the museum run. – Talk about other ways, I
mean, education, obviously, is near and dear and,
obviously, as you mentioned, that’s a big part of
where you’re headed with Verizon overall. What are some other
non-profits here that are near and
dear to your heart and how are you using them to
power the good with Verizon? – So, a new one recently that we’re starting to work
with is Dress for Success. I’ve worked with the
Memphis Area Women’s Council and then, of course, the YMCA. We just did a bike donation
with the YMCA in Houston and so I’m lookin’ to
do some things like that here in Memphis but
I worked closely with those organizations. Any organization
where there is a need, especially when it comes to
the digital transformation, we’d like to be a part of it. – Talk about the importance
from Verizon standpoint of, yes, being national, but
local in terms of focus. – That is important to me
because we hear nationally that we’re about to embark on the fourth Industrial
Revolution. But here locally, I have what
we call brand ambassadors so the people on my team, they’re out in the community
every day making sure that we keep people connected. The reality is every person
has a cell phone in their hand or a tablet. We want to make sure,
because as I always say, a device is only as good as
the network that it’s on, we want to make sure that
if it’s the soccer mom that needs to get in
contact with the coach or to pick up a child,
that she can do that. But if it’s the business
owner that needs to call a customer back,
we want to be there. And we want for
people to understand we’re here locally for you. It makes us proud to be
a part of this community and the things that we can do and we’re excited about what
tech can do in that play. – Absolutely. So talk about where we can
go to learn more, website, social media, how do
we reach out locally, especially for business
owners, how do they connect in? -Candace.morgan you can reach me and
anyone on my team. Of course, you can visit to look at our company
overall but I’m here locally and then I can connect you
with any person on my team. – Well, Candace, I really
appreciate all you do here in the Mid-South and
for coming on the show. – (both at the same time)
Thank you. – Thank you, Jeremy. [upbeat music] – Technology is
pushing the boundaries of what’s possible around the
world and here in our city. It’s helping us connect
and collaborate, build and strengthen
relationships, learn and experience
life in new ways. Organizations like the
National Civil Rights Museum are using technology to
teach and tell stories, to evoke emotion, empower, and help bring
about social change. Technology has also become
the foundation for new jobs and new skill sets and
schools like Moore Tech are helping to train
students in trades like automotive service technology
and machining technology so they’ll have success in
life and fill the job openings of our local employers. Then companies like Verizon
are not only providing us with the service and means to
leverage technology personally and professionally, but they’re helping
our local non-profits become more successful as well. When we use technology for good, technology can create great
progress for our city. Thank you for
watching The Spark. To learn more about
each of the guests, to watch past episodes,
and to share your stories of others leading by
example, visit and click on the
link for The Spark. We look forward to
seeing you next month and we hope that you’ll join
with us on creating a spark for the Mid-South. – (female speaker
Just like having relevant and accurate
information is necessary to make sound hiring
and lending decisions, being engaged in our
community is important. Data Facts is proud to
support the positives and be a sponsor of The Spark. – Lipscomb & Pitts
Insurance is honored to serve the Memphis
community for over 60 years. We’ve always focused on
supporting our community and believe in
promoting the positives, encouraging engagement,
and leading by example. Lipscomb & Pitts
Insurance is proud to be a presenting
sponsor of The Spark. [upbeat music]

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