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DPS’ Central Collegiate Academy is launching a University of Subway program, the first of its kind in the nation, in an effort to promote and create awareness surrounding healthy eating lifestyles, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship among high school students.
Through the Subway University, students will learn steps in the production and distribution of products and services, as well as other methodologies to gain entrepreneurship skills by means of Subway as the business model. The program includes online courses and curriculum to train for positions such as “Sandwich Artist,” shift supervisors, managers and franchisees. More than two dozen students will participate.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about management skills, accounting, profit and loss, supply chain management, and also the importance of team work,” said Principal Steven McGhee.
Upon completing their training, the students will prepare meals at Central. Installation of bread ovens will occur in the first weeks, and Subway staff will be on site to direct and supervise the students. The students will dress in Subway uniforms or Central Collegiate Academy Program Uniforms.
This unique alliance also features community and corporate partnerships between U.S. Foodservice, a pioneer within the wholesale food industry and Wayne State University’s BizTech Summer Internship Program, a local leader in education. Both will assist in the development and success of CCA’s educational program to ensure that the curriculum is in alignment with “real life” business scenarios. Initial funding is provided by Title I funds for the Financial Literacy program.
Partners for the new healthy food alliance include Detroit Public Schools, Central Collegiate Academy, Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan, DPS Office of Food Services, Subway Development Eastern Michigan, and Shawn Jones of Kitchen/Bakery.