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.

Blue Rain Express 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 OMHS experienced his first day of Work Instruction at Blue Rain today. He was able to assist with car detailing and also laundered the drying clothes to be placed at vacuum stations.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

School House Granola at the MT Laurel Spring Festival- MT Laurel, AL

School House Granola was excited to participate this year in the MT Laurel Spring Festival.
 Work Instructor, Laura Partain, and a Chelsea High School student
 introduced School House Granola's Fruit and Nut blend to the festival goers.
The CHHS student has experienced the Granola Project from the initial baking process to marketing and selling.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Pure Bliss Salon Spa- Mt Laurel, AL

Pure Bliss Salon Spa is a full service professional salon offering hair, nail,and aesthetic services.  Located in the beautiful town of Mt Laurel, their goal is not to offer just a service, but provide Pure Bliss. Visit the, Tuesday- Saturday at 15 Mt Laurel Ave. (205) 538-5972 Our OMHS student assisted the girls' today in the shop and the Blissful Boutique. She is learning about the day-to-day responsibilities of running a successful salon.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Jeff State Culinary & Hospitality Institute- Hoover,AL

Our OMHS student continues to shadow Chef Kenny Moore, Purchasing Manager/Instructor for the Culinary and Hospitality Institute. He is learning about what it takes to purchase/receive for the program and Bistro ProVare. Today he helped inventory produce and meats/seafood. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Heart of Dixie Train Museum- Calera, AL

It's that time again...Thomas the Train will be
rolling into the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum next
week. The CHS students helped unload poles and
tarps to set up tents  for the event.

Teamwork is the dream-work. After putting the frames
 together,  all the tarps had to be strapped down with
bungee cords. These guys worked hard! 

Hundred of children and their families will be able to
enjoy visiting Thomas the Train.A job well done!