Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Pure Bliss Salon and Spa- MT Laurel, AL

Our CHHS student assisted the girls' today at Pure Bliss SalonSpa. She experienced the many day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of running a successful salon. Pure Bliss Salon Spa is a full service salon offering hair, nail,and aesthetic services.  Located in the beautiful town of MT Laurel, they are open Tuesday- Saturday at 15 MT Laurel Ave. (205) 538-5972.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

School House Granola Project Wins Best Practices Innovation Award from AL-APSE

Original Article by at Shelby County Education Podcasts
School House Granola, an exciting new enterprise with the Shelby County School’s School-to-Work Transition Program, was recently recognized with a Best Practices Innovation award from the Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-ASPE).
School House Granola is a project where Shelby County students participating in the School-to-Work transition program are making a handmade fruit and nut granola blend and selling it to local businesses. It launched last year thanks to a $38,000 grant from the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, which helped to fund the startup costs associated with purchasing the necessary equipment, use of school kitchen facilities, and consulting fees. The grant has since been refunded for an additional $38,000 to assist with production and marketing/branding efforts. The Shelby County Schools Education Foundation is managing and administering the grant funding from ACDD for the project.
“We wanted to create something that would allow for the students to have an ultimate, student-run work experience that potentially could become a self-sustaining business,” said Laura Partain, who along wth Carrie Radice serve as work instructors for the transition program.
Shelby County School’s School-To-Work Transition Program allows students to participate in various non-paid work experiences. The students learn business/employer expectations, as well as obtain the skills necessary to become independent, productive citizens. Students involved in the School House Granola project include those with developmental disabilities and others who are on track to earn an Essentials Pathway high school diploma, which requires community-based instruction as a graduation requirement.
Originally, the School House Granola project was housed at the Career Technical Education Center, where it operated out of the CTEC culinary instructional learning lab. However, it has since moved to the Linda Nolen Learning Center (LNLC).
Chef Sean Butler, executive chef at the former Revolve Kitchen & Brew Restaurant, serves as the project’s consultant. Butler also provided his Austrian grandmother’s recipe for the granola, which he formerly marketed and sold under a different name.
Butler was familiar with the district’s School-to-Work transition program from providing non-paid work instruction to students in the past, including students who helped label and bag his previous granola product. After giving the rights to the recipe to School House Granola, Butler now supervises the students on the production of the granola. He is assisted by the LNLC Child Nutrition Program (CNP) manager, Barbara Majors, in helping teach the students not only how to prepare and bake the tasty treat, but also on restaurant industry standards for cleanliness and quality control. The project will benefit from a new partnership this fall with Jefferson State Community College’s Culinary Program, who will be sending their students to help mentor the younger high school students.
Students from all seven Shelby County high schools have been actively involved in the project since the beginning, including planning and marketing efforts that included naming the project “School House Granola” and deciding on a logo. They are continuing to learn about marketing and sales through the distribution of the product to local businesses.
Currently, School House Granola is sold to three stores in the area. Celeste Heavenly Boutique at Lee Branch on Highway 280 and Baba Java at Chase Lake on Highway 31 sell the eight-ounce packaged bags. Innova Coffee at the Colonnade buys the product in bulk quantities to use as granola crumble on their yogurt parfait.
Proceeds from the sale of the granola go directly back into the program, helping to create sustainability for the project. For students who assisted with the production of the granola this summer, the proceeds also helped to provide paid employment opportunities for them.
Click here for a video presentation of the School House Granola Project.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

IGNITE Together-University of Montevallo

Oak Mountain parent Billy Ivey delivered the keynote address at IGNITE on the power of "napkinisms" that he writes to his children. He reminded teachers and staff of the importance of shining our light and love every day with students! 

Student Grace Carr kicking off #IGNITE with an inspiring message to teachers & staff on encouraging students to pursue their goals & dreams. She is proof that you can excel academic taking AP courses and pursuing a technical education.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

College Prep Summer Program- Jeff State Community College

Al. Dept of Rehab Services is again sponsoring The College Prep Summer Experience program. The program,that has since been replicated in Montgomery, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville, simulates a true college experience for participants.The purpose of the program is to help students with disabilities prepare for the post-secondary environment through the development of study strategies, use of technology, exposure to the college environment including classrooms and guest lecturers. In addition, students are taught the importance of self-advocacy skills and the differences between high school and college responsibilities.
Chris Moore speaks to the students about how he overcame his reading disability to become a successful teacher and musician.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham- University of Montevallo

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham invited stakeholders to join them as they discussed the culmination of their strategic planning effort. They reported back to the community following more than a year of interviews, focus groups, conversations, analysis and preparation to begin the next chapter of their work and investment in the community.  In the past year, input and vision from stakeholders have helped them in considering how to fulfill the mission to ignite passion for transformational change in our region. The mayor of Montevallo, a county commissioner, and state/county employees were among those in attendance.

  • Report back on our 2018 Community Conversations,
  • Disseminate the Strategic Plan those conversations informed, and
  • Share more detailed information about our new Grantmaking Priorities, to take effect in 2020.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Spoon & Ladle- Pelham, AL

The CHS students are back at it, preparing the labels for hundreds of containers of delicious Spoon & Ladle soup that will be going out to area restaurants and grocery stores.
Featured this week:

Shrimp & Crab Gumbo

A classic Cajun favorite with lump crab, shrimp and andouille in our rich homemade roux.

Chicken & Andouille Gumbo

A hearty classic with smoked chicken and andouille sausage.

Old Fashioned Vegetable

A medley of vegetables in our homemade tomato stock. Just like Grandma used to make it!

Lemon Chicken & Orzo

A complex and brightly flavored soup with chicken, lemon zest and tri-colored orzo in homemade chicken stock.

White Chicken Chili

Smoked chicken, homemade chicken stock, and Great Northern white beans give this soup its southwestern taste.

Cheeseburger & Fries

All of the flavors of a traditional cheeseburger with a homemade cheesy chicken stock, all that is missing are the pickles!

Oyster & Artichoke Stew

Stewed oysters, artichoke hearts, sherry, and cream combine for a decadent cajun flavor.

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

A mild and refreshing summer soup with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, basil, & mint.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Area 41 Pizza, Mt Laurel, A

It's our CHHS student's last day of Work Instruction at Area 41 Pizza. She goes in before the restaurant opens and helps prep for the busy lunch crowd. They have great lunch specials daily from 11:00-2:00. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Spoon & Ladle - Pelham, AL

Spoon & Ladle based in Birmingham, Alabama,  offers soup selections and other specialty foods to restaurants and grocers who seek artisan soup with Southern soul. Our CHS student  helped laminate the top secret recipes that Chef Monty uses to produce their wonderful products.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Blissful Boutique-MT Laurel

Blissful Boutique of MT Laurel is a modern boutique featuring high fashion clothing, shoes, and accessories for women. Our CHHS student helped size the clothing and did a great job accessorizing.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Blue Rain Express Car Wash- Hoover,AL

The sunshine brings out the cars at Blue Rain Express Car Wash off of Hwy 280/119. Our OMHS student helps wash the mats and detail for those that come in for the Manager's Special.

Friday, April 26, 2019

School House Granola- Special Services Center-Pelham,AL

The students from CHHS and SCHS are back in the kitchen, working alongside Chef Sean, to make a batch of Schoolhouse Granola samples for the Shelby County Schools Showcase.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Blue Rain Car Wash- Hoover,AL

Even though storms were in the forecast, sunshine and 75 degrees brought out the customers today to Blue Rain Car Wash. Our Oak Mountain High student participated in Community Based Work Instruction by washing, folding, and stocking "detailing" clothes as well as assisting with the Manager's Special Service.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Area 41 Pizza-MT Laurel

It was our OMHS student's last day of Work Instruction at Area 41 Pizza . She was able to train the new Chelsea High student in prepping for Area 41's lunch opening. Area 41 Pizza Company is located along its namesake, Highway 41, in MT Laurel where owner and Birmingham native,Patrick Hankins, has a passion for making authentic New York style pizza.

Pure Bliss Salon- MT Laurel

Our OMHS student assisted the girls' today at Pure Bliss. She was also able to train our new CHHS student in the many day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of running a successful salon.
Pure Bliss Salon Spa is a full service salon offering hair, nail,and aesthetic services.  Located in the beautiful town of MT Laurel, they are open Tuesday- Saturday at 15 MT Laurel Ave. (205) 538-5972.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Spoon & Ladle- Pelham,AL

The Shelby County High students helped label hundreds of containers for the weekly from-scratch artisan soups produced at Spoon & Ladle. Chef Monty and his team prepare a variety of high quality soups in small batches several times each week including Shrimp and Crab Gumbo and Italian Wedding. You can find Spoon & Ladle's products in area stores and restaurants throughout the Birmingham area.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Area 41 Pizza- MT Laurel, AL

Our OMHS student helped Area 41 Pizza prep for their lunch opening.

Area 41 Pizza Company is located along its namesake Highway 41 in Mt. Laurel. Owner and Birmingham native,Patrick Hankins, has a passion for making authentic New York style pizza.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Jeff State Culinary & Hospitality Institute- Hoover,AL

Missie, Kenny, and Jason are some of the wonderful people that work to make the C&H Institute a success. Kenneth MoorePurchasing Manager/Instructor, works with our OMHS student weekly. We appreciate the time he takes to make this a true hands-on learning experience.

The hydroponic garden is flourishing and continues to get bigger each week. We were also introduced to a sous vide cooker. What is a sous vide- you may ask? It is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. In French, the term translates to "under vacuum," which makes sense. 

Spoon & Ladle- Pelham,AL

These SCHS students look like they are having too much fun at Spoon & Ladle helping Chef Monty Todd label containers for the weekly soups that are produced.   Spoon and Ladle prepares a variety of high quality soups in small batches several times each week featuring Shrimp and Crab Gumbo and She Crab Soup this week.