Cafe Shack builds hospitality careers
TO MAKE a great tasting coffee you need training and like many things in life when given the opportunity early you can excel.
That is one reason why Isis State High School has opened its new coffee shop, Caf Shack, which allows students to learn the skills which would be needed if they follow a career in hospitality.
Hospitality teacher Renee Adams said what started out in 2008 as a small space had now branched out to a shack big enough to hold a number of students at once.
She said it was great for those students who had a passion for the industry and gave each of them the opportunity to obtain not only their Certificate I but also Certificate II before finishing school.
“That small space has come a long way and even though the venture did take a little longer than anticipated. The new and improved, modern facility will allow us to teach the students within a school environment,” Ms Adams said.
“It provides a pathway for students who graduate now to go straight into the hospitality industry.”
Year 12 student Clarissa Deller-Smith said she was excited to be part of the program and told of how the profits went back to the students.
“We sell hot beverages such as cappuccinos and hot chocolates, as well as cup cakes and cookies,” she said.
“The profits all come back and we can purchase new equipment such as a juicer.”
Ms Adams said with the high number of cafes around the region, the students had a head start learning the ins and outs of a café at the new Café Shack.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Isis High Year 12 student Clarissa Deller-Smith froths milk at the new on-campus cafe.