The next time you’re in the mood for a donut, a cup of coffee, or fruit, stop by the Cypress College Complex and help students in SCE’s Disability Support Services (DSS) program gain valuable job experience.
Their “Re-Charge” coffee cart, in partnership with YBH Restaurants, offers students in the DSS Work, Independence, Self-Advocacy Education (WISE) Program an opportunity to learn hands-on job skills. Students take turns in the kitchen preparing and operating the cart at various locations in the Cypress College Complex. All revenue is returned to YBH Restaurants, who manages all of the food services on campus and supplies all of the coffee cart items for sale.
This was the first time Luis and Lizeth, pictured above, operated the cart – they previously worked in the kitchen doing prep work.
Job Coach Heather Mittelman shared that the WISE Program focuses on different aspects of independent living each year. Money management is this year’s focus, so while Luis took the orders, Lizeth served as the cashier with the aide of an iPad and free app to assist with totaling amounts and change.
Look for the Re-Charged Coffee Cart every Thursday through May, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Cypress College Complex.
Pictured above, from left to right: DSS Job Coach Heather Mittelman with students Luis Beltran and Lizeth Estrada