IIT Dining Service hosted a ProStart Job Shadowing Day, where 13 Chicago Public School students, who expressed an interest in the culinary arts and the hospitality industry, were on campus on Wednesday, March 6th. Each student was paired with a Sodexo employee across the Office disciplines: accounting/management, service coordination, and retail and food preparation, to learn more about their role in helping serve IIT Students. Tim Lipman, from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, also donated IIT bags and brochures to help promote IIT as a possible future college option.
The students came in from three local schools - Simeon Career Academy, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and Chicago Vocational Career Academy. These schools were picked by ProStart, the Illinois Restaurant Association and Chicago Public Schools, because they exist in primarily "education deserts" or areas with no schools in miles of immediate space, making the interest of these students all the more relevant to the local neighborhood. Following an hour-long introduction to the business at all on campus locations and the IIT team, they were given a tour of the facilities. Students were then placed in the front and the back of the house, depending on their career preferences. The day concluded with a group lunch in the The Commons and students were provided with Hawk paraphernalia. The students were reportedly impressed by the strong correlation in the academic success of residential students at IIT,with the convenience of their on campus meal plans. Some of these students will soon be approached by Sodexo to work as trainees or interns.