Copperas Cove High School students learn business and life skills at a student coffee shop

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KWTX) – Students at Copperas Cove High School are applying their skills to the classroom by running a coffee shop for the school.

Bulldog Brew opened in early October after a restaurant management class decided to take their training to the practical level.

“I was really a little shocked that it was very practical,” said fellow student Luca Garcia. “It was nice to have a class that you could get real experience from.”

CCHS staff can place an order using a Microsoft Excel form. The order will then go to the students and they will prepare the requested coffee or smoothie. The student will then deliver the coffee to the employee.

Business allows them to learn financial, communication, business and restaurant skills.

“Mathematics is extremely important in money management,” says Lindsey Link, restaurant management teacher. “We’re learning the cost of labor and how to manage it based on what you earn that day, food costs, how to budget taxes, all the things I wish I had learned in high school.”

Student staff at Bulldog Brew also partner with other organizations and courses, including a cooking class and a student news station.

To be able to serve, course students had to obtain a food handling license. Link said they took a course to get their licenses, and they even got a health check from the city.

“With the inspection, I wanted to be able to model this … so that they know how to keep a restaurant safe and know what cleanliness and food safety requirements they need to run a successful and clean business.” Link said.

While some of the students may not be planning to work in the service or business sector, they said they have acquired skills that will help them in their future careers.

“It helps me with my work outside of school,” said senior student Martrice Green. “Whether you have an urgent order and need to get it delivered as soon as possible, or it’s someone who places an order but wants to do it later… what it is here… it’s connected to me outside of school, it definitely helps get things done much smoother for me.”

The Bulldog Brew is open throughout the school day and each class is run by a different student. They said they usually organize shifts like an assembly line, where each person is assigned to a specific task.

The money they make from purchases goes back into the business to support it for future students.

Link hopes to make the course strictly hands-on next year.

“I would like to make sure that students know how to actually manage it on their own without me, so that when they become managers themselves or even own their own business, be it a restaurant or any other business, they will be able to learn what steps to take. in all aspects of the business,” she said.

Students are also working to stay on budget so staff can order. The students are excited to continue applying their skills in the coffee shop.

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