Archive for January, 2013

Lightning Takes on a Rodeo

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Hello class, it’s Lightning reporting in again. I loved this last internship! I worked with Mr. Martinez, Carlita’s Dad, at The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.  Mr. Martinez said that I very helpful and eager to learn.

In his job, Mr. Martinez is responsible for the Computer systems for ProRodeo.  His team provides a service to the members of our association.  Did you know that all of the Cowboys you see at the rodeo are members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association?

I visited their office, which is located in the suburbs.  I answered phone calls and helped members with computer questions.  His job makes it easier for the Cowboys to enter a rodeo, like The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, so we can enjoy watching them compete.

If they did not do their job, you would not be able to find out about Rodeo on the internet.  It would also be hard for the Cowboys to know where all of the rodeos are!  I saw how we they make it easier for everybody to enjoy the sport of rodeo.

Mr. Martinez included a picture of Lightning talking to a Cowboy on the phone.  He said I was a big help and that I am welcome back at any time.
Signing off, until next time,

Lightning T. Bear

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Learning about the business

Lightning Works in a Small Business

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What a week I had. I spent several days with Mrs. Martinez, Carlita’s Mom, learning all about her business and actually creating a personalized product just for me! Mrs. Martinez provided me with a write up of exactly what we did, since I was working hard and could not record the steps myself. Read below for her letter:

Hi,

Lightning T. Bear was a great help in my business. We even had some time to make Lightning her very own personalized clothes.

I am the owner of Dream Lake Designs, we make promotional and personalized products for customers. Promotional products are purchased by companies to help advertise their business. Personalized products are items that a customer can put their own design or name on a product. We create products with an embroidery and sublimation.  

Step 1:  — See picture
First we have to design the product our customer wants.  Lightning did a wonderful job on designing her outfits.  We use 2 different programs to design items to be embroidery and sublimated.

Lightning creating the 2nd design.

Lightning creating the 2nd design.

Step 2:See Picture
Embroidery

My Embroidery Machine has 16 needle and can do up to 1600 stitches per minute. Since it is so loud and running fast, Lightning and I agreed that we had to turn the speed down. Lightning had over 100 colors to pick from but we tried a new thread that I received, it glows in the dark!  Now my head is filled with new designs for the Glow In The Dark Thread. Fun Times

Embroidery

Embroidery

Sublimation — See Picture
I printed out the design Lightning created and the first thing she told me was “it is backwards”.  I was happy that she was paying very close attention. Then I explained to her that when it prints out on the paper it is backwards, but when we press it onto the shirt it is the correct way. I have to make sure that Lightning didn’t get too close to the heat press because it was set for 400 degrees and she could have really hurt herself.

Sublimation

Sublimation

 

Sublimation

Sublimation

 

 

Step 3: Picture
The last and final step is to make sure that the product came out great, and since I had such a great helper they came out wonderful.

Step 3 Finished

Finished!

Good or Service:
We provide both a service and goods.  Service when a customer brings me a blank item for me to decorate.  Goods when I purchase the blank item and put the design on it.  Sometimes this really gets confusing.

Location:
Carlita is lucky because she gets to see the items I create since I work out of our suburban home. 

 Community:
I help our school community by doing fundraisers. We created Lightning’s brother, Thunder, and sister, Cloud, to help raise money for new playground equipment. If we didn’t help our school community we would have less money for the playground. 

Lightning was a big help today and had a lot of fun. I think she would be a great designer. I might need to call on her sometimes when I need help with designs.

 Take Care,

Mrs. Martinez

Thunder the Dental Hygentist

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 Hello Class,

 It’s Thunder, and I’m back to file another interesting report on a job in our community.

 

Thunder begins his day at the dental office with Mrs. Smith.

Thunder begins his day at the dental office with Mrs. Smith.

Today I got to visit the dental office of Dr. Colvin and Tao. I interned with Grant’s mom, Dawn. She is a dental hygienist. Her job is to provide dental services to patients. She cleans and polishes their teeth, takes x-rays and gives fluoride treatments. She also teaches her patients how to properly brush, floss and care for their teeth.

Thunder learning about the tools a dentist uses.

Thunder learning about the tools a dentist uses.

 

The office she works at is in the suburbs near the Shops at Briargate. She interacts with many members of the community. She sees all types of patients: students, teachers, doctors, salesmen, as well as many others. Her job supports the community because she provides preventative dental care and maintains the health of her patient’s teeth and gums.Many times the dental hygienist or dentist will find cavities, broken teeth, gum disease or other problems at a patient’s dental cleaning.

 

Thunder tries out the dental chair.

Thunder tries out the dental chair.

If her job did not exist, people would not know they needed to have dental treatment (such as a filling or orthodontics) and they may develop into bigger issues such as a toothache. They would also not know how to keep their teeth clean and cavity-free. I learned that is important to see your dental hygienist every 6 months for a cleaning and check-up. They will keep your smile healthy!

I hope my report helped you learn a little more about a dental hygienist and how they support our community. I can’t wait for my next assignment. I’m sure it will be just as great as today was.

Thunder

Lightning T. Bear, Certified Public Accountant (for a day)

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Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

 

Hello Class!

Wow! I had a great internship day with Mr. Gandy, Elizabeth’s dad. I learned a lot about being an accountant, working with numbers, and why understanding math, math facts, and problem solving is so important. During our lunch break I had a few minutes to interview him. Here is what we talked about:

What is your job:
I am a Certified Public Accountant and the Senior Tax Partner at BiggsKofford, P.C. I have worked here for almost 20 years.

Do you provide goods or services:
We provide accounting and consulting services to individuals, businesses and not-for profit organizations.

Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community:
BiggsKofford is located in the south part of Colorado Springs — between the suburbs and urban area of the city. We do most of our work in the urban areas of town.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties:
I interact with members of the community by providing accounting and consulting services to individuals and businesses. The interaction with the client will also then provide the opportunity to interact with their bankers, attorneys, insurance agents and other financial advisors. We also interact with the community by sitting on Boards of non-profit organizations.

How does your job support our community:
Beyond our day to day responsibilities of client service our company supports the community in the following ways:

1.  We use our financial expertise to sit on non-profit boards to provide guidance and strategy that allows the Organizations to meet their  philanthropic goals.

2.  We work closely with UCCS to ensure their students are getting the proper accounting and finance educations and hoping they choose to begin their career in Colorado Springs. We work very closely with the school on the curriculum of accounting majors.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community:
I would like to think that our businesses would not be operated as efficiently, but in reality, the community would go on if CPA’s did not exist.

I’m looking forward to my next internship. Mrs. Crosby hasn’t told me where I will be going, but I’m sure it will be great!
Until next time,

Lightning

Interview with Michael Johnson — Director of Sales

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Hello Class!

This weekend I spent some time with Michael Johnson, Marc’s dad. Mr. Johnson works in the gas software industry. I interviewed him for my first report of the year:

  • What is your job?
    My job is Director of Sales in the oil and gas software industry.
  • Do you provide goods or a service?
    Thunder interviewing Mr. Johnson, Director of Sales

    Thunder interviewing Mr. Johnson, Director of Sales

    I provide goods and services. I provide software to help gas and oil company’s stay competitive in the market place. I provide services by training other sales people to help them become the best sales executives they can be.

  • Where is your job located?
    My job is located in the city of Colorado Springs.
  • How do you interact with other members of our community?
    I interact with other members of our community by teaching those in the oil and gas industry about software to help their business stay competitive to help our economy grow. I also train other sales members how to sell in the most effective way.
  • How does your job support our community?
    My job supports our community by helping our economy stay productive and growing. It helps determine what the price of gas is that everyday people buy all the time.
  • What would happen if your job did not exist?
    If my job did not exist in our community it would mean that there would be less information in our world about technology, specifically software, and the ability that software has to make our lives better.

I can’t wait for my next internship! This year is starting off great.

Thunder T. Bear

Lightning Works in Healthcare

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Lightning and Nurse Practitioner Maureen Storch keeping our community healthy at the Urgent Care.

Lightning and Nurse Practitioner Maureen Storch keeping our community healthy at the Urgent Care.

Hello!
 
What a busy weekend I had! This weekend I worked with Maureen Storch, Meghan’s mom. She is a nurse practitioner. I learned a lot about health care in Colorado Springs.  A nurse practitioner is a specially trained nurse who can evaluate, diagnose and treat health problems. She take’s care of patients who come to Memorial Health System Urgent Care.   She works either at Briargate Urgent Care or Circle Urgent Care (closer to downtown).
 
She works with other providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants), nurses and technicians at Urgent Care and sometimes she transfers patients to the emergency room if they need additional care there. She also refers patients to specialists such as Orthopedic surgeons or physical therapists if they need specialty care.
 
Nurse practitioners increase patients access to health care.  If the clinics that Maureen works in didn’t exist, some patients would have no professional health care.
 
I hope you stay healthy!!
 
I can’t wait for my next assignment. Signing off for today,

Lightning T. Bear

Thunder and Lightning Are Ready to Go Back to Work

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Hello!

Welcome to our Blog.

We are Mrs. Crosby’s Teaching Assistants, Thunder and Lightning. This blog is a diary that chronicles our research into the jobs that shape our community. Our supervisor, Mrs. Crosby, has asked us to take on some internships at different jobs and research answers to the following questions:

  • What is your job?
  • Do you provide goods or a service?
  • Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
  • How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
  • How does your job support our  community?
  • What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?

 

We will be working hard and sending in reports every few days. Feel free to follow along and post questions or comments. Here are a few photos from last year’s research:

 

 

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