TAMPA, Fla. — Maxwell Whitacre is learning how to use an espresso machine. Next, he will learn how to ring up the coffee on a cash register.
“I’m really excited about this,” says Max, a senior at Tampa’s Pepin Academy. “I think I’ll be a good barista.”
Pepin prepares students with learning disabilities for careers after graduation.
Max is learning the java ropes at the new Pepin Cafe, a fully operational coffee shop inside the school opening this week.
“It brings tears to our eyes to see what’s happening here,” says Susan Ward, owner of Buddy Brew. “These kids are learning these amazing skill sets which they can then take into the workforce.”