SJR State business students visit JAXPORT
Professor Summer Garrett said the trip was a crucial learning step in understanding business concepts that, until now, have only been studied in class and online. “The tour was important for students to gain not only an international perspective, but to see how vital JAXPORT is to our economy. It employs so many people and generates billions in trade. It’s a significant economic impact in that regard,” Garrett said.
“The students were able to experience international business as it occurs. It gave them a first-hand look at how goods are traded from one country to another, how the importing and exporting process is executed,” Garrett said.
Tracy Gray, a student earning her bachelor’s degree at SJR State, said the trip to JAXPORT provided her with a unique and informative experience. “I was excited to learn statistics, notably the volume of cargo handled, and the logistical information. I am a native of Jacksonville, and seeing the way JAXPORT has developed gave me great pride. I was also encouraged to learn of future plans to expand the port,” Gray said. “I feel as though JAXPORT has created a tremendous opportunity for job seekers, especially graduates from SJR State’s BAS program.”
Student Donna Hayes said that for her, the tour was encouraging. “With all the reports regarding the high unemployment rate and the lack of jobs, I had a fear that when I graduate I wouldn’t be able to find a job,” Hayes said. “Our tour guide actually told us not to believe the rumors regarding the lack of jobs and offered us a wider range of job opportunities."
JAXPORT Community Outreach Manager Joanne Kazmierski said they were excited to expose the students to the thriving international sea port. “Students toured JAXPORT Blount Island and TraPac Marine terminals to learn about trade lanes, import and export goods and regional careers. We are looking forward to opening doors of opportunity for these and future SJR State students,” Kazmierski said.
Garrett added that the tour was intended to inspire students to set their goals high and give them a new perspective on what they can achieve with a business degree. “We wanted them to leave saying, ‘This is something I can do.’”
Prior field trips have included EverBank Field and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Orlando Magic and Vac-Con.
Students enrolled in the international business class at St. Johns River State College recently gained a better understanding of the importance of international trade, shipping and commerce during a trip to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). From left: JAXPORT Community Outreach Manager Joanne Kazmierski , SJR State students Bobby Butterfield, Brian Frattini, Jasmin Weir, Tracy Gray, Ryan Goodson, Tiffany Taylor, Donna Hayes, Marsha Burr, and SJR State instructor Summer Garrett.