NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Eighteen students from Metro and Rutherford County High
Schools are getting a glimpse into the world of engineering, thanks to Nissan.
"This is what I love," Antioch High School student Ciera Watkins
said. "It's like a passion for me to fix stuff."
"I thought we were going to be like sitting down all day just writing
away," Antioch High School student Zana Ahmed explained. "And we're
actually…with the car. Like actually looking at it and making sure that it
Whether it's a leaking washer tank or a malfunctioning back door of an
Infinity, students are learning the proper steps to fix the problems at
Nissan's Smyrna plant. They're skills that can ultimately transfer to other
areas of their life.
"It will get me to look at different things in a different way,"
Nissan engineers will lead each small group, volunteering every Saturday
morning this month as their way to give back.
"If I can share just one bit of information," Process Engineer
Lashondra Daniels said, "just impart one tidbit of knowledge they
can take away, then I'm satisfied."
For some students, the engineer's presence is just as valuable as their
"There's girls teaching me and I'm like, I could see myself doing
this," Watkins explained. "So it gives me hope for the future."
A new world, previously unknown, is now within each student's reach.
"It was just something to look into. Maybe I have a future in
this," Ahmed said. "Maybe I'm interested in it. I don't know."
"When I was a junior I was like, I don't really want to do engineering.
I don't think it's for me," Watkins explained. "But then I came here
and I was like, ‘This is definitely for me.'"