May 2017, Part I

May 2017, Part I

D.C. Bakery Empowers Vets And Military Families Through Service Sector Opportunity. Recently, Dog Tag Bakery in Washington, D.C. joined Path Forward for a Twitter Q&A to discuss how they empower disabled veterans and military families to find fulfillment post-service. During the Q&A, Dog Tag representatives discussed its five-month work-study fellowship program for service-disabled veterans, spouses and caregivers.The program includes seven business and administration classes offered in conjunction with the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies, experiential learning where fellows rotate through different business functions of the business, and learning labs in which over 50 partner organizations teach or guide workshops and lectures about different aspects of the civilian workplace. Although Dog Tag opened its doors less than three years ago, the bakery has graduated four cohorts, with the fifth class set to graduate this June and the sixth cohort to launch in July.

Local Coffee Shop Works To Provide Second Chances. West Michigan’s Fox 17 recently reported on Walnut & Park cafe, a Kalamazoo coffee shop that helps formerly incarcerated individuals stay out of jail by providing them with the opportunity to learn new skills. The staff at the shop come from KPEP, a nonprofit community correctional program for criminal offenders and parolees. William DeBoer, CEO and president of KPEP, said the idea for the shop was born years ago when board members researched the challenges criminals face when looking for a job, and Walnut & Park was their solution. “The restaurant industry is one which will hire a lot of people who have a record. We have a vocational training program that ends up being a real job, a real paid-job for people,” he said.  

Chipotle Program Provides Opportunity To Earn Customized Business Degree. On May 2, CNBC published an article on Chipotle Mexican Grill’s newest education initiative, which will allow employees to utilize credits from previous education and internal Chipotle training to earn a customized business degree in just 18 months. The initiative is an extension of Chipotle’s educational assistant program with Guild Education and is offered through Bellevue University. “This degree enables our employees to apply what they learn in the classroom to their work at Chipotle and vice versa,” Chipotle’s CEO, Steve Ells, said in a statement. “Employees will gain a solid understanding of business operations including people development, marketing, and decision making.”

Asheboro Restaurants Take Pride In Helping Younger Workers Succeed. Asheboro, North Carolina’s Courier Tribune recently interviewed restaurant owners of Dixie III, Sir Pizza, and Chick-fil-A on their experiences with hiring teen workers. Each owner expressed how proud they are of the successes made by former employees, as many have moved on to careers both inside and outside the industry, ranging from nurses and teachers to aircraft mechanics and highway patrol officers. The restaurateurs prioritize teaching basic skills that not only help teens succeed in their current job, but in future jobs as well. “I like to think of myself as a coach,” Dixie III owner Mark Davidson said. “I was involved in sports in school and had a very good coach. I like to nurture. You want that trigger to go off in a kid’s mind that they can be a good waitress. It takes really hard work, but that builds confidence. It fosters a work ethic. Sometimes that’s a real eye-opener for kids.”

Mad Men Actor Learns Life Lessons From Service Industry Experience. In a recent interview with Wealthsimple, Mad Men actor Jon Hamm shared his experience climbing the service sector career ladder. Throughout his teens, Hamm worked at a Greek restaurant as a busboy and a dishwasher and eventually rose to become a waiter, picking up critical soft skills such as how to cook and keep a clean kitchen. In fact, until recently, he had worked as a waiter and a bartender for longer than he has as an actor. Hamm explained, “I learned how to be nice to people and to ask for help when I need it. I learned to love work and find meaning in it. To this day, I like going to work, clocking in and clocking out, the satisfaction of a job well done.”

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