Sunday, December 21, 2014

Highland Gourmet Scones, Pelham, AL

Welcome our old friends at Highland Gourmet Scones.

Mark & Connie Wallace
210 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Year End Meeting

  • New work sites developed: Narrows Family Eye Care, North Shelby library, Salon Suites, Big Bad Breakfast.
  • Successful YAIT meeting at SCISC: We had a great first-meeting with a nice turnout with representatives from four of our High schools. Jefferson State Community College, recruiter, Rodney Thompson, spoke to students about career certificate programs offered by the college. Chris Moore, Shelby Work Instructor faculty member, shared his adaptation to a personal learning issue in a presentation that encouraged many of our kids to openly share their concerns in small groups. The second meeting will be held in February at Shelby Baptist. (Thanks to Lacy for arranging that and we are hoping to have some local news coverage for the meeting and/or the mock interviews.)
  • Attend IEP Meetings: The Work Instruction faculty continue to attend IEP meetings and help clarify program requirements with parents.
  • Meeting Special Education teachers: We are scheduling a series of meetings with high school Special Education teachers in January to promote the Work Instruction program.
  • Transition Conference Preparation: The program has submitted two presentation proposals for the up coming Transition Conference.
PR: Hand delivered “Thank You” Christmas Cards
to all our businesses with a small treat from one of
our sites. Also, discuss partnering with them again
in the second semester.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Volunteering at the "Keeping It Real" Program

The Work Instruction faculty volunteer at the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "Keeping It Real" program. The annual two-day event brings in Shelby county ninth graders from public and private schools to learn about financial responsibilities the students will encounter as adults.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Donut Joe's in Pelham, AL

Students learn the ins-and-outs of the dedication and commitment required to have a successful operation. Working with the public, inventory display and rotation, and business transactions are just some of the skills learned here at Joe's. And getting paid in donuts is not bad either! (Apple Fritters are a specialty too.) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Alabama Wildlife Rescue Center, Oak Mt. State Park

The Alabama Wildlife Rescue Center at Oak Mt. State Park is a non-profit  center that rescues, rehabilitates, and returns injured and orphaned native birds to the wild.

The center is a leader in the rehabilitation of wild birds relying solely on over 300 volunteers. The Wildlife Center has originated methods of rehabilitating injured birds that are utilized in other facilities around the world.

Our students assist in casting seeds around trails, building a foot bridge, feeding injured birds, facility maintenance, and office/clerical duties. Today we also helped decorate the center for the Christmas season.

The Shelby County Work Instruction program has partnered with the Wildlife Center for over fifteen years.

Alabama Wildlife Rescue Center
100 Terrace Drive
Oak Mountain State Park
Pelham, Al 35124

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alabama Food Solutions, Childersburg, AL

Another rewarding experience at Alabama Food Solutions in Childersburg, AL. This opportunity allowed students to assist in distributing food to needy families in the community. Students find that sometimes it is better to give than receive.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Salon Suites (Colonnade) - Birmingham, AL

Students observe the daily operations of a busy stylist shop. They learn that being an independent stylist is more than just cutting and coloring hair. Other than being a creative and skilled artist, there is equipment that must be maintained in top working condition, products must be stocked and marketed in an appealing presentation, keep an ever changing appointment calendar, promoting their services as well as themselves to the customers, and keep the area tidy and clean to meet health department regulations. Students perform entry level tasks such as maintaining the styling area, stocking product inventory, and prepping for the next appointment by replenishing supplies of products, towels, smocks, and sweeping.

Salon Suites features two stylists that work with our program:Christina Durham and Raemi Heard. Christina is a Master Stylist that specializes in color.

Salon Suites
Christina Durham
3411 Colonnade Pkwy #400
Birmingham, AL 35243
(706) 580-0047

Monday, November 3, 2014

E&E Hardware, MT Laurel, AL

E&E Hardware is a throwback to your neighborhood general store of days gone by. Even though it specializes in everyday home hardware needs; one may find anything from light bulbs, air filters, garden supplies, and tools - to fishing rods and snow sleds.

The store owner teaches our Work Instruction student general store maintenance, receiving, unloading and stocking a new inventory shipment. 

E & E Hardware Store
7 Mt. Laurel Avenue
B'ham, Al. 35242
(205) 769-6704
Business Hours (Mon – Fri, 9-5) (Sat 9-2:30) (Sun closed)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

YMCA Hargis Retreat Pumpkin Patch, Chelsea, AL

Work Instruction students gained valuable experience by learning to set-up and take-down for a large event, interact with and aid the public, the importance of being responsible, and working as a group at the YMCA Hargis Retreat. Over the course of 5 days, Chelsea, Shelby County, Vincent, and Helena High School students fulfilled their goals of a successful and enjoyable "Pumpkin Patch" adventure for over 2,000 parents and children.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vincent Gardens, Vincent, AL

Students from Vincent High School will be learning horticulture skills at Vincent Gardens

Vincent gardens has taken our program under their wing and wants to teach meaningful and applicable skills to our students. Those students who like to work with their hands and work outdoors are learning about caring for a variety of plant types, bee keeping, and all the responsibilities that come from being employed in a small business environment.

Fire Station - Helena, AL


We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Helena Fire Department. This is an invaluable experience for our students that have expressed an interest in becoming a fire fighter and joining the Explorer Program.

Alabama Food Solutions, Childersburg, AL

Students from Vincent High School helped distribute food to 325 needy families at Alabama Food Solutions. At this site, students learn to properly load boxes, stack them safely onto carts, transport to and unload into the customer's vehicles. Experience like this allows students to learn responsibility, working with the public and the value of service the community.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YMCA Hargis Pumpkin Patch, Chelsea, AL

Students from Chelsea and Shelby County High Schools spend many hours in "site-setup" preparing for children to attend the annual Halloween "Pumpkin Patch" at the YMCA Hargis Retreat. Students learned the importance of handling fragile merchandise, organization techniques, taking directions, and the value of hard work and diligence to "get the job done" by unloading thousands of pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch event. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Construction Education Foundation - Birmingham, AL

Students from Helena, Chelsea, and Oak Mountain High Schools toured the Construction Education Foundation of Alabama and learned about the Skill Trade Scholarship being offered to high school seniors.