With the delta variant of COVID-19 increasing and vaccinations stagnating, respondents of the Power Poll would be OK with health restrictions returning according to results released Thursday.
The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to more than 425 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City. The poll is presented by The Commercial Appeal and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and DVL Seigenthaler - Finn Partners.
The June Power Poll focused on several different topics in the news recently.
The June Memphis Power Poll:
Given the uptick in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant, should health officials consider adding back some safety restrictions
Applications Now Being Accepted for BlueSky Tennessee Institute
Program presents opportunity for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a job offer from BlueCross
By Brad Leon
BlueSky Tennessee Institute
We are entering an exciting phase of our groundbreaking effort to expand the state’s technology talent pool with the opening of applications for the BlueSky Tennessee Institute.
BlueCross, in partnership with East Tennessee State University (ETSU), announced the BlueSky Institute earlier this year to provide students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in computing (concentration in information systems) in 27 months and receive a job offer from BlueCross.
BlueSky Institute is an innovative approach to develop much needed technology talent for BlueCross. It will also address a lack of technology talent in the state. Tennessee has about 4 IT job openings per year for every in-state graduate qualified to fill them.
Students will attend classes on site at
BlueCross headquarters in Chattanooga.
I started my career as an educator at Teach for America. I then went on to run performance managent for more than 60 schools in Shelby County. From my experience, I know that successful education programs require support and leadership. BlueCross and our partners at ETSU are committed to providing an enriching, supportive environment as a central part of the BlueSky Institute.
Our students will attend classes in a new facility at the BlueCross corporate campus in Chattanooga, where they’ll integrate classroom learning with real-world skills training in coding and cybersecurity. They will also receive mentorship from BlueCross team members who are committed to their success.
For students interested in pursuing a career in technology, BlueSky Institute offers a unique program that connects them with an accredited university that’s been recognized as offering the best computing degrees in Tennessee and the opportunity to embark on a meaningful career. I look forward to welcoming the first cohort of the BlueSky Institute to Chattanooga next summer.
More about BlueSky Tennessee Institute
- 15.1% — No
- 9.4% — Yes -- Masks only
- 0% — Yes -- Limited capacity
- 13.2% — Yes -- Masks and capacity limits
- 62.3% — Yes -- Whatever they feel is needed
What do you think about Tennessee health officials stopping marketing of vaccinations to juveniles?
- 0% — I agree
- 92.5% — I disagree
- 7.5% — I don't have an opinion
The reaching of critical race theory has been a hotly debated topic recently. Do you think it should be taught in public schools?
- 61.5% — Yes
- 17.3% — No
- 13.5% — Not sure
- 7.7% — Don't care
Whataburger announced plans to open five locations in the Memphis area. What's the next burger place you would like to see come to the Memphis area?
- 30% — In-n-Out
- 20% —Shake Shack
- 10% — White Castle
- 0% — Fuddruckers
- 6% — Culvers
- 34% — We have enough burger options in Memphis
The WGC FedEx-St. Jude Invitational tees off in just a few weeks. Do you plan to be at TPC Southwind for the tournament?
- 3.8% — Yes -- all four days
- 15.1% — Yes -- but just one or two days
- 64.1% — No -- I will watch on TV
- 17% — What's a WGC?