Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Highland Gourmet Scones- Pelham, AL

The holidays are here! Our Oak Mountain High School student helped stamp and build boxes for all of the scone orders going out this week at Highland Gourmet Scones.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Jefferson State Community College- Hoover, AL

Our OMHS students were able to experience the business side of promoting a product. They set up a table, displayed and advertised their School House Granola the the Jeff State Holiday Bazaar.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Blue Rain Car Wash- Hoover,AL

We want to thank Brad Bailey for allowing our Shelby County School's Work Instruction program to partner with Blue Rain Car Wash. At the end of the day, not only do they deliver a car that is cleaner, shinier, and drier than anyone else around, but they do so in manner that is ultimately more “green.”
Washing your car no longer has to be the unpleasant chore you try to put off. Clean, shiny, and dry in 3 minutes! Come see why the Blue Rain Express is the truly the best car wash experience for your money.

Our Oak Mountain High School student started his first day of non-paid work instruction by touring the Blue Rain Car Wash and learning about the operations of this one of a kind car wash.

Blue Rain Express is one of the most technologically advanced car washes in the United States. Every single aspect of this concept, from the kinds of biodegradable chemicals they employ, to their ability to reclaim and recycle the water used, and the dual belted conveyor system, was chosen so that they could create a car wash that is easier for the driver and better for the environment.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Transition Fair- Alabaster, AL

We had a wonderful vendor turnout of for the first of two Transition Fairs for area Shelby County Schools, Pelham, and Alabaster. The Transition Fairs are sponsored by the schools and Al. Department of Rehabilitation Services. The represented agencies/ vendors provide valuable services for students with disabilities.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Neighborhood Brew- Hoover, AL

 The Neighborhood Brew, allows our Chelsea High School student to have a wonderful hands-on job experience. She even got a chance to take orders today with LeAnna's assistance.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Highland Gourmet Scones- Pelham, AL

Our Oak Mountain High student was able to stamp and build boxes at Highland Gourmet Scones today. The boxes will be used to send out the lovely gold tins all across the country during this busy holiday season.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Spoon & Ladle- Pelham, AL

The Calera High students helped Mr. Monty label containers for the weekly soups that are produced at Spoon & Ladle.

They prepare a variety of high quality soups in small batches several times each week including Brunswick Stew and Chicken and Adouille Sausage Gumbo.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Neighborhood Brew- Hoover, AL

There are always new things to experience at Neighborhood Brew. Today our Chelsea High School student learned how to stamp cup sleeves, create frappucchinos and make egg scrambles. She did a great job greeting and serving customers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Highland Gourmet Scones- Pelham, AL

It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us. Highland Gourmet Scones was bustling today with scones being baked and shipped around the country. One of our Oak Mountain High School students got to try a Cafe Mocha scone for the first time. A wonderful treat after labeling Cherry Amaretto, Hazelnut Chocolate Chip, Lemon Blueberry, Orange Cranberry, and Original Golden Raisin bags.

Our other OMHS student has become a "master" stamper. He has perfected the crest to look like it is part of the bag...something that I can't do after a year! Katy Caldwell, owner, shows the others how to put labels on the gold tins. A mountain of boxes and bags of packing filler await for the shipping of the scones.

Highland Gourmet Scones
210 Cahaba Valley Road
Pelham, AL 35124

Friday, November 2, 2018

Auction Trade Auto Sales - Chelsea, AL.

It was a cool, rainy day, but dry under the canopy for our Chelsea High student to help Mr. Tony detail the cars recently brought to the Auction Trade Auto Sales lot. He did a great job making the interior look like new.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Neighborhood Brew- Hoover, AL

We are thankful for wonderful employees like LeAnna that work with our students participating in non-paid work instruction! 
Neighborhood Brew not only has some of the best coffee, but also contains beautiful artwork from local artists throughout the shop.

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Keeping it Real"- Oak Mountain High School

Oak Mountain High School freshman got a perspective of what it costs to live in the adult world after the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce brought its ShelbyOne Initiative program "Keeping it Real" to the school on October 26th.

The first day, students learned the difference between gross and net income and the importance of budgeting.

The second day, students visited 12 stations with their income worksheets to pay bills that corresponded with expenses. 

Volunteers managed stations (Ex: housing, groceries, clothing, insurance, education, child care, etc.) assisting the students as they "pay bills" and make "life choices" based on a random-assigned life scenario.

The program is presented by Thompson Tractor and co-sponsored by America's First Federal Credit Union, AT&T and The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Helena Hollow- Helena, AL.

Recognized as one of the top pumpkin patches in Alabama-Birmingham Parent Magazine, Helena Hollow was the work site for our Shelby County High School students. The students were able to experience all the fun, while assisting with area schools that attended. They helped with the hay ride, petting zoo, bounce houses, corn barn, unloading coolers,and bagging of the selected pumpkins.

Helena Hollow at 6026 HWY 17 Helena (205)541-8150
Open every weekend in October 

The Neighborhood Brew - Hoover, AL

Today was our Chelsea High School student's first day at the coffee shop. LeAnna helped her hit the ground running by introducing her to a myriad of tasks involved in the day to day business operations of The Neighborhood Brew. She inventoried syrup, prepared plates/napkins, interacted with the customers when delivering beverages, poured coffee, learned how to make espresso shots, made Frappuccino’s, washed mugs, and observed LeAnna taking orders at the register. The coffee shop had a steady stream of customers throughout the Work Instruction period and definitely immersed the CHHS student into what performance skills are needed to do this job successfully.

T  The Neighborhood Brew invites you to #SipRelaxEnjoy some time with your Friends, Neighbors and Community... "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another..."- Hebrews 10:24-25 

They are located at- 

 5184 Caldwell Mill Rd., Ste 206

Hoover, AL 35244
(205) 980-7445

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Highland Gourmet Scones- Pelham, AL

As the holidays approach, hundreds of bags are labeled and sacks stamped at Highland Gourmet Scones by our Oak Mountain High School student. He also got to experience a scone for the first time!
Now, in case you don't know exactly what a scone is, it's a bit like a "cookie", but it's really more of a short-bread, but not exactly. It's not quite a "tea cake", and even our British friends wouldn't call it a "biscuit". They are not too sweet, not too fruity, and very, very big. You can eat them any time you'd eat a cookie (and a lot of times you wouldn't). Some like them cold, but a few seconds in a microwave makes them seem even more heavenly to some people.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jefferson State Community College- Hoover, AL

It's orientation time for the nursing students at Jeff State. Our Oak Mountain High School students assisted today in the office with preparing orientation packets and shredding...lots of shredding :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Highland Gourmet Scones- Pelham, AL

Our Oak Mountain High School student placed sheets full of Pumpkin Spice labels on individual scone bags and stamped the Highland Gourmet Scones' logo onto paper bags. Today was her last day at this site and she celebrated with a Cafe Mocha scone, her favorite. Highland also offers Lemon Blueberry, Cranberry Orange, Toasted Coconut, Hazelnut Chocolate Chip, Cherry Amaretto, and Original Golden Raisin. The Holidays are coming up...check them out at http://www.highlandgourmet.com/

Monday, October 15, 2018

School House Granola- Pelham, AL

Day 3 and the students get to see the finished product. The Chelsea High School students take the sheets of granola and break them into bite size pieces. The pieces are then placed into labeled bags, weighed, and sealed ready for sell.

One of our Chelsea super heroes got to surprise the LINDA NOLEN LEARNING CENTER preschoolers. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

School House Granola- Pelham,AL

Day 2 of production where the Chelsea High School students learned how to measure the wet ingredients. The oil, honey, and vanilla are heated and added to the dry mixture.
The granola is then spread out on the parchment lined pans and prepared for baking.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

School House Granola- Pelham, AL

So proud of these guys for putting together our baker's rack!
We are excited to begin production once again for School House Granola! Students from Chelsea High School and Shelby Co. High School began with the ingredient inventory process. They had to follow the recipe and  measure all dry ingredients accordingly.
The students identified different batches of product, measured and cut parchment, and printed front and back labels for the bags.