Class forms corporation to recycle printer cartridges
COMING TO ORDER Northeast High School teacher Bernard Hulin speaks to students as chief executive officer of UR-INK Inc., a corporation created in his technology applications class. Seated are Jamie Jones, left, marketing department assistant; Tonya Cole, treasurer; and Lucas Maxwell, company president. Photo by Steve Gillespie / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie/staff writer
Feb. 14, 2002
The sign posted in Bernard Hulin's classroom gives fair warning that anyone who is not careful in his technology applications class is in danger of becoming a capitalist.
Hulin said students collect empty ink cartridges. Next, he said, they send them to another company that, in turn, pays the teen-agers for doing the task.
The company's first business meeting was Tuesday. Hulin is the corporation's chief executive officer. Lucas Maxwell, 16, a sophomore, is the president.
The class plans to use money raised through its corporation to visit the Mercedes Benz plant in Birmingham, Ala., to see how robotics are used there.
The class has collection boxes for cartridges at several client locations, including Clear Channel Broadcasting, East Mississippi Electric Power Association, Peavey Electronics, Northeast Middle School and some area churches. UR-INK is searching for more clients.
Maxwell said his role as president of the corporation has taught him many leadership skills, especially the art of delegating authority.
Jamie Jones, 17, a junior, said she has learned how the business world operates in her position as a marketing department assistant.
Jones said the experience with the company is preparing her for the future because she will be familiar with the workings of various departments in a business.
Technology applications is a two-year course for students in grades 10 through 12.
The first year of the course focuses on mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal systems technology; word processing; spreadsheet applications; desktop publishing; telecommunications; and computer-aided drafting and design.
The second year studies Web page design; computer integrated manufacturing; electronic control systems; computer assembly technology; bio-related technology; and environmental technology.
JUST THE FACTS
UR-INK inc., can be contacted in the following ways:
Write: Technology Applications, Northeast High School, 702 Briarwood Road, Meridian, MS 39301.
Web site: geocities.com/ur_ink_inc/UR_INK_INC.html