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NCCA opens lounge for students, community

Seniors Donte Brown, Conner Haler, Ronnie Davis and Kenya Parks will help run The Lounge at the Newton College & Career Academy on school days. Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd

Seniors Donte Brown, Conner Haler, Ronnie Davis and Kenya Parks will help run The Lounge at the Newton College & Career Academy on school days. Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd

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Junior Rashaun Pauleon, from Newton High School, designed the logo for the sign at The Lounge. He is studying graphic design and hopes to eventually have a career in animation.

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Haler and Brown practice using the cappuccino machine at The Lounge. Brown said running the business is a new experience for him.

COVINGTON -- There's a new hangout in Newton County. The Newton College and Career Academy recently opened The Lounge.

The Lounge is a cafe located near the front entrance of the school and offers drinks, food and lounging space.

"Everything is student designed and student driven," said Heather Pickard, a marketing instructor who works alongside Allison Chapman. "It gives them the opportunity to experience marketing in the real world with a hands-on experience."

The advanced marketing class designed the lounge, which offers seating at tables, at a counter on stools or on couches, as well as a television and sells pastries and snacks as well as coffee and frozen slushes. Two marketing classes will run the lounge, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days.

"They are running it from the ground up," Pickard said, adding that students also created an inventory and are dealing with customer relations.

"It's more fun that I thought it would be," said senior Kenya Parks.

Community members are invited to The Lounge, too.

"The Lounge is a school-based enterprise which will give our associates authentic experiences in designing, marketing and operating a small business," said school Principal James Woodard.

Students are unpaid, but they are earning class credit, and at least one is earning a work-based learning credit as well.

"It's as close to working in a real job as you can get," said senior Conner Haler.

Comments

spencerid 1 year, 7 months ago

I believe that the students should learn, after all this is why they go to school, to learn and to start a career if they can. I know from my personal experience how hard is to stay in school, to learn and at the same time to have a job to pay the university fees. I found out ways of making money and at the same time to go to school. A part-time job at the university is a good way to make some money.

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