We had a fantastic month of presentations in our class, engaging the students on career fields vastly diverse from one another. We kicked it off first with an exciting display from Felix Delgado, a Law Enforcement Officer with the Miami-Dade and Doral police departments for the past 34 years. Felix has been involved in crime suppression, street narcotics, and robbery task force units, as well as patrols and the Neighborhood Resource Officer program. The D.A.R.E. instructor and two-time Community Policing Officer of the Year winner gave the class a brief history of his time with the force and how his experiences on it changed as Miami evolved through the ’80s and ’90s. Officer Delgado caught the students’ attention with his detailed path towards success in a law enforcement career, as well as explaining his role in protecting President Obama during multiple visits to Miami-Dade County. Finally, he wrapped things up by having the students participate in an activity using the lessons Officer Delgado taught them about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) to determine if certain public locations followed proper C.P.T.E.D. protocol.
The next week one of our own stepped into the classroom and gave a unique presentation. Aside from his work with K.O.C., Matthew Green works as a medical scribe in Memorial Hospital Pembroke’s Emergency Room, and used his experience there to talk to the students about the importance of having a “stepping stone job”. Matthew is a hopeful applicant to medical school, and used his current work as an example to show the students how many career paths require working in some less-than-glamorous positions between school and your ideal career. After breaking down his responsibilities of maintaining medical records in the ER, Matthew taught the class some basic medical knowledge about diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as how to read an EKG. In his activity the students became doctors themselves, and used what he had taught them to diagnose patients from four real encounters he had in the ER.
Next was Stuart Lilly and his experience as a harbor pilot. It was as much of a surprise to us as it was to the students to learn that ship captains aren’t allowed to pilot their craft within five miles of any Port! Instead, local harbor pilots navigate these waters with experience. An expert on the port and the waters around it, Stuart taught the class about how it is his responsibility to bring in and take out every large craft, from cruise ships to oil tankers, that make their way through the Port of Miami. Chronicling his time in marine college and being a ship’s mate, Stuart showed how his career developed as he grew, and gave the students insight on how theirs could follow the same path. After showing them how he uses his instinct and experience to pilot the ships as much as he uses charts and radar, he had the students plot a course for the port from five miles out using compasses, rulers, and oceanographic maps.
We ended the month with Claudia Sandino, better known as the #hashtagaddict. Claudia excited the students’ humorous sides with her discussion on her role as a social media marketer. The students really identified with her as she had them make targeted posts on their own instagram and twitter accounts (hey, don’t forget to follow us as well!) and expanded on how she studies trends and conversations to make sure her clients’ messages reach the right audiences. Claudia also educated the students on personal and professional fiscal responsibility as she explained the difficulties she faced in starting her own business. Finally, after distributing the selfie sticks and wooden hashtags, the class got together to take some instagram-ready pictures, duckface included.
A huge thank you to all of our presenters this month! Stay tuned next month to hear about what the next four we have in store have to offer!