Lou Hatten-Walker thinks she would delight in a job as a barista after operating at the Frequent Grounds Cafe within Durango Community Library.

Hatten-Walker, 18, began doing work at Popular Grounds when she was a sophomore at Durango Large Faculty. On Tuesday, she started her fourth 12 months at the cafe as section of Durango University District 9-R’s Pathways application. Pathways aids specific education college students ages 18 to 21 with do the job expertise after they go away superior faculty.

Equally Pathways college students and specific instruction pupils from DHS fill the shifts at the Prevalent Grounds, which is open up for drive-up and acquire-out company from the community library’s lobby.

“My beloved component of the job is the beverages, producing the drinks,” Hatten-Walker said. “Some men and women give you specific instructions. Some individuals give you common guidance, and you have far more to interpret.”

Corrie McCarthy, a position coach with 9-R at the cafe, claimed Prevalent Grounds gives palms-on work experience for college students so they are much more get the job done-completely ready when they graduate.

Centered on individual techniques, learners can development up the hierarchy – buser, cashier, barista, head barista. As head barista, students are capable of managing the complete cafe from the earning of the drinks to the business enterprise aspect.

“A head barista will really considerably know all the ins and outs of managing a modest business,” McCarthy claimed.

Throughout the university 12 months, DHS learners will wander down the Animas River Path to fill a person- to two-hour shifts. Throughout summer months, students’ shifts can prolong to 6 hours.

DHS students’ get the job done at the cafe is also affiliated with a class educating perform abilities.

With COVID-19 primary to beefed-up sanitation treatments, McCarthy claimed pupils have benefited from a genuine-globe lesson about the great importance of holding the cafe tidy.

“We’re working with San Juan Basin Community Well being and the Durango General public Library to stick to all their recommendations on sanitation and social distancing,” McCarthy reported.

Frequent Grounds, like the library, is open up for choose-out support.

Shoppers can generate curbside or walk up to the north conclusion of the library’s foyer, glance at the menu through the window and get in touch with in their order, then the cafe’s university student staff will hand them their buy at the lobby’s north-conclude doors.

The cafe attributes pastries and sandwiches from Bread and coffee from Desert Sunshine Espresso Roasters.

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