Plastic and glass bottles of Coca-Cola line shelves in the Coke Archives

Career Exploration at Coca-Cola: A Photo Essay

This week, students from Booker T. Washington and Carver Early College high schools visited the Coca-Cola Archives, where they saw artwork, bottles, radios, soda fountains and other Coke memorabilia and had the opportunity to discuss education and career paths with Quinton Martin, vice president and executive assistant for Coke’s North America office.

The Early College program, housed in the College of Education & Human Development’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, allows high school students to take college classes and earn up to two years of college credit or an associate’s degree tuition free.

Students look at photos of Coca-Cola's history as Jamal Booker explains them

Jamal Booker (right) shows Early College students photos from the original Coca-Cola factories, where workers used pedals to seal each Coke bottle that would make its way to a consumer.

Early College students look at framed Coca-Cola artwork

Jamal Booker explains framed Coca-Cola artwork to Early College students

Early College students from Booker T. Washington and Carver Early College high schools saw several framed prints from Coca-Cola’s history, including female soldiers holding Cokes and early depictions of Santa Claus from the 1920s and 30s.

Jamal Booker shows Early College students a Coke can designed to be opened in space

Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to go to space. The company had to develop a special Coke can that would allow astronauts to open the drink in zero gravity, which Jamal Booker shows Early College students during their trip to the Coke archives.

Jamal Booker shows Early College students what one of the first Coca-Cola bottles looked like

Plastic and glass bottles of Coca-Cola line shelves in the Coke Archives

The Coca-Cola Archives house hundreds of bottles of Coke, from the original designs to the glass and plastic varieties on shelves today.

Early College students meet with Quinton Martin, vice president and executive assistant for Coke’s North America office

After their tour of the Coca-Cola archives, the Early College students met with Quinton Martin, vice president and executive assistant for Coke’s North America office, who discussed his career path and answered questions about Coke’s operations and job opportunities.

To see more photos from their visit, click here.