Southern Wesleyan University is offering positions to enterprising students as part of Blue Hill Coffee & Tea Co., located in the campus life center. Two new positions, one in marketing and human resources and another in purchasing and accounting, have been created along with 12 – 15 barista positions for the new gathering spot to open this fall.

Thanks to a generous foundation grant, support from Pioneer College Caterers, and great work by the campus physical plant team, Southern Wesleyan is extensively upgrading and expanding its previous coffee shop and snack shop space, knocking down walls and creating an inviting, multi-level area with more seating and features that include a small moveable stage area for performances and events. A new coffee roaster partner has been selected as part of a commitment to providing the freshest possible product to enhance the new menu.

“These paid coffee house student interns will gain important leadership skills, experience a myriad of real life business challenges and results, and recognize the importance of key business qualities that include teamwork, thoroughness, cost control, marketing, customer service, product consistency, hiring and training and contingency planning,” said President Todd Voss.

The “big picture,” according to Voss, is to provide an entrepreneurial environment, giving students who are energetic self-starters a management opportunity that will provide a strong foundation that will be in place when they graduate.

Voss envisions the student-operated businesses on campus to be self-supporting with revenue over expenditure being slated for student scholarships.