The Barkery at BCTHS

We must admit – most of us love our pets more than we do some humans!  They love us uncon­di­tion­al­ly and in return we enjoy spoil­ing them with treats!   Our Skills for Life Academy fac­ul­ty have come up with an out­stand­ing idea to over­come some hur­dles in teach­ing key skills to their stu­dents.  Skills for Life Academy teacher, Ms. April Bates, explains below:

 “Due to the pan­dem­ic, the young adults in The Skills for Life Academy have expe­ri­enced a few hur­dles attend­ing Community Based Instruction and Work Experience Programs. 

To offer a dif­fer­ent approach to learn­ing employ­a­bil­i­ty skills, the stu­dents have been intro­duced to their very own busi­ness.  The Barkery at BCTHS allows the crew to prac­tice func­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic skills while apply­ing job skills with­in the school envi­ron­ment.  With a team mind­set, the stu­dents are respon­si­ble for bud­get­ing ingre­di­ents, del­e­gat­ing jobs, mea­sur­ing, read­ing recipes and order forms, bak­ing, pack­ag­ing, and delivery. 

We pride our­selves on cus­tomer ser­vice and are open to any sug­ges­tions and feed­back.  The stu­dents gain a sense of con­fi­dence as they are able to call this busi­ness their own and are able to add this expe­ri­ence to their resume.  The team is also exposed to the oppor­tu­ni­ty to apply appro­pri­ate social and con­ver­sa­tion­al skills dur­ing the deliv­ery to staff. 

It is our hope that The Barkery of BCTHS can estab­lish a suc­cess­ful foun­da­tion and pro­duc­tion rate to be a per­ma­nent part of The Skills for Life Program.”