High five to Spectrum Academy! The Pleasant Grove, Utah charter high school for students with Autism recently opened an in-school restaurant to empower students with resume-ready job skills prior to graduation. Students completely run the café, from greeting customers and taking orders to preparing the food and setting prices. “It feels kind of like I’m an adult working,” said Dawson Bott, a 16-year-old student who worked as a cook the night of the grand opening.
Building Job Skills In School Equals Transition Success
The purpose of the café is to give students the opportunity to develop job skills in a safe, supported environment. “They can go out in the community and they can get a job and keep a job,” said Liz Banner, Spectrum Academy’s principal.