Nashville Leaders Applaud CMT, Re-Name High School Academy

by Natasha Powell, CMT

Left to Right (back row): Sarah Gaffney, Robbin Wall, Dr. Jesse Register and Karl Dean; (front row): Anna Shepherd, Suzanne Norman and Lucia Folk.

Nashville dignitaries put the spotlight on CMT in a ribbon cutting Friday morning for the newly named CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communications at McGavock High School. Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, school board representative Anna Shepherd, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register joined Principal Robbin Wall in recognizing CMT’s commitment to McGavock High School at a ceremony in the school’s broadcast journalism studio.  CMT’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Suzanne Norman, was on-hand for the ribbon cutting, as well as Lucia Folk, senior director of public affairs and Sarah Gaffney, manager of public affairs, who have spearheaded this initiative.  Many CMT employees spent Friday at McGavock as part of Viacommunity Day, our company-wide day of giving.

“It is an honor to share our name with the CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication at McGavock High School,” Norman said. “Our parent company, Viacom, has a global commitment to education. Our employees have backed Viacom’s promise by volunteering more than 1700 hours at McGavock since our partnership began in 2010. We were grateful to be a part of the exciting school reform movement in Nashville.”

CMT has made a significant investment of time, talent and in-kind donations to the Academy, which is why the Academy has been renamed. CMT has provided tours and job shadowing opportunities for Academy students while teachers have participated in team externships during the summer.

“Since CMT began working with McGavock High School, students have benefited from CMT’s internship and opportunities, participation in class projects and in-kind donations,” Register said. “We are especially pleased to honor CMT on Viacommunity Day, when 78 CMT employees volunteered at McGavock by speaking to classes, updating auditorium equipment, painting the broadcast journalism studio and hosting a career fair for Academy students.”

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