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
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.