I woke up this morning with the sun (so around 6:00 am), but did not need to get up until 7:30. We started our class this morning at 9:00. During class we received an introduction to consulting and were given an overview of the course syllabus. We were also broke into our project teams, which consists of 1 Baylor student and 3 to 4 Northrise students. Each group has been assigned to a project and will work with a company to address an issue they see are experiencing.
The typical class schedule at Northrise is 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, with a 2 hour break for lunch from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. There are typically classes from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm and there are evening classes beginning at 5:30 as well.
During our lunch break, we went to a local grocery store that also has a restaurant with a great coffee shop. (They do not have regular coffee here, it is all instant, so we were feeling the caffein deprivation by noon.) There is a vendor that sets-up outside of the coffee shop with local crafts, so hopefully I can purchase some things from him one day.
After lunch we went on our first plan tour. Wow, this was a plant tour that you would NEVER be able to go on in the states...
We toured the Zambezi Portland Cement Company. They are a local producer of cement with their own quarries for Limestone and other materials that go into the cement. We were able to walk under the conveyer belts that carried the rocks to various locations, and walk into the storage areas while front loaders were moving limestone around. We were also taken into the control room where the process is monitored.
It has been a great day (VERY dusty!). Tomorrow we will tour the boutique hotel, which is the project that my group has been assigned.
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