Sunday, August 27th, 2017

The EXPO has grown out of its time constraints. With multiple facility and campus tours, coupled with an average of ten community guest speakers, the EXPO just had to grow. Midway principal Shawn Neeley said, ” The EXPO originally began as a single day student work shop with a handful of speakers. The thing just started to grow to the point where we had to move the workshop to Region 16. Trying to cram everything that involves the EXPO into the Spring semester was creating some time issues for all the staff and students. In addition, the Fall student population were not exposed to much of what the EXPO has to offer, so it only makes sense to expand it to both semesters.” The EXPO is now a year long student learning experience where students attend a speaker series of community members sharing their high school experience and their journey to where their career and life is currently. The EXPO also consists of a multi field trip tour where students can choose two living wage jobs to visit and two of the areas college campuses to visit. The EXPO concludes with a full day workshop consisting of breakout sessions which include college 101, the armed services, and a keynote speaker.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Midway Alternative High School students started their EXPO Tours with a great tour of Affiliated Foods located on South Washington. An opening discussion of the work environment at Affiliated Foods, work schedules, wages, and benefits started the tour. Students were taken throughout the warehouse and freezer areas where the entry level positions were observed. Midway students and staff would like to thank Affiliated Foods and Stephen Enriquez, Loss Control Manager, for spending part of his busy morning with us and with providing us with an inside look at Affiliated Foods.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Northwest Texas Hospital has one of the top Neo-Intensive Care Units in the region. Midway Alternative High School students were fortunate to have one of the top NICU nurses in the unit share her story, duties, and skills. Kendra Neeley started her difficult journey as a teen mom. She attended an Alternative School to complete her high school degree and was a teenage bride. After raising three children to high school age, she decided to follow her dream of becoming a nurse. After 3 years of study, Mrs. Neeley fulfilled her dream and was pinned an RN in 2010. A number of students had multiple questions for Mr. Neeley and several showed interest in pursuing a nursing career. Midway Alternative High School would like to thank Mrs. Neeley for sharing her story, her time, and her experiences.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

She only has three months left to retirement and she left a big impact on the students of Midway Alternative High School. Carole Kroger is the only female officer of the Amarillo Fire Department. Capt. Kroger shared her life story, including the ups and downs, and her journey to becoming one of only a hand full of female firefighters. She discussed with the students the various certifications and physical qualifications needed to become a firefighter. Needless to say, the “wow-factor” of having Capt. Kroger speaking and sharing the duties and responsibilities of a firefighter provoked a large number of questions from both guys and girls of Midway. We would very much like to thank Capt. Kroger for sharing her story and her time with the students of Midway.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Most people who live on the south side of Amarillo know of Owens Corning and the Pink Panther but very few know what the enormous plant produces. The students of Midway Alternative High School were able to see first hand the fiberglass spools that Owens Corning produces for companies all over the world. Nathan Singer, Human Resource Leader, gave the students a fantastic explanation of the production system at Owens Corning. His Team gave the students a great tour of the production side of the plant and then shared their own personal Owens Corning stories with the students. Students were very impressed and questions were abundant for Mr. Singer and his team. Midway would like to thank Owens Corning and Nathan Singer for the exceptional tour, information, and inspiration shown to the students. Amarillo is fortunate to have such an incredible company filled with incredible people.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Canyon Independent School District Secretary Bruce Cobb spent a part of his busy morning with the students of Midway Alternative High School. Mr. Cobb shared his knowledge of the Beef Industry and encouragement to continue on with their dreams. Mr. Cobb has been with the C.I.S.D. Board of Trustees since 2011. Midway Alternative High School would like to thank Mr. Cobb very much for coming to Midway to speak with the students and answer the flood of questions presented to him.

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

The next time you take a bite out of that Wendy’s hamburger, know that the square patty of beef is probably the freshest in town. That’s because all of the hamburger patties produced for Wendy’s all over the world, are produced right here in Amarillo. That is just one of the fascinating facts students learned at the Tyson Foods tour. Our tour guide, Ogla, was a bundle of energy and gave us an in depth look at the world of Tyson Foods beef plant. The students were able to see the processing aspect of the plant and one of the more interesting areas, the tannery. Students found out, hides from cattle are sent all over the world for leather goods and one very interesting note, much of the leather in Ford’s King Ranch trucks comes from the Amarillo Tyson plant. Cool stuff. Midway Alternative High School would like to thank Tyson Foods Inc., Ogla, and Gregori Brown, Training Coordinator, for allowing us the opportunity to tour this incredible plant.