LAHS student Hannah Stafford assists with making cupcakes. She and her classmates learn valuable job skills by training at businesses like Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy/LAPS
LAHS teachers Robyn Collom, left, and Analicia Ronquillo work the register at Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAHS students Kristin Valdez, Fred Martinez, Dominique Trujillo, Micah McCown and Gabriel Cournoyer in front of Rose Chocolatier during a training session. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos High School students from the classes of Robyn Collom and Analicia Ronquillo experience new work-based learning opportunities at Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square.
Collom and Ronquillo have teamed up with Lemonade Living, the new owner of Rose Chocolatier, to provide training and work-study experiences for their students.
“In this program, students will gain valuable employability skills that will increase their post-secondary options,” Collom said.
Academic lessons in math and communication gain new relevance for the students as they rotate through internships in the chocolate shop applying skills in the workplace.
Internship positions include baker’s assistant, barista, customer service and chocolate maker.
Collom explained that skills become more meaningful when students practice them in class and on the job. Working at Rose Chocolatier provides a place for students to learn and succeed as they connect with members of their community.