Students get real-world experience in "working classroom"

Some John Wood Community College students are getting real-world job experience in the classroom.

JWCC unveiled the new Blazer Bistro at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester. It's the college's brand new eatery, offering breakfast and lunch options as well as homemade desserts.

But what makes this new campus restaurant special is that it's partially run by some of the students enrolled in the college's culinary and hospitality classes. Click here to watch staff breakfast cook Veronica Humphrey make breakfast burritos on KHQA This Morning.

Students learn how to cook, as well as the behind-the-counter jobs associated with customer interaction, which helps graduates land management jobs later on. Click here to learn more about the program from KHQA This Morning.

"I often have businesses calling me wanting my graduates, asking, 'Do you have a graduate for me?'" said Leah Erke, Chairman of the Hospitality Department. "I don't have enough graduates to fill all the needs. The lodging business is big too so they're looking for trained people. They really don't like hiring people off the street, they would rather take their chances with a trained person."

The Blazer Bistro is open to both students and the general public Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for this week's menu.

KHQA This Morning was live there this morning. We'll take you behind the scenes tonight in the KHQA News at Five.