Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 22, 2013

School to Work: Lacie Roundtree

Kokomo Tribune

---- — This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

■ Student’s Name: Lacie Roundtree

■ Parents: Denise McQuiston and Lonnie Roundtree

■ High school: Kokomo High School senior

■ Career plans: nurse practitioner

■ KACC instructor: Mike Miller, strategic marketing

■ Internship placement: Outback Steakhouse, 3730 S. Reed Road, Kokomo.

■ Supervisor: Pam Dart, manager

Lacie Roundtree’s thoughts

I have worked at Outback Steakhouse for a little more than a year. My brother had worked there and gave me a reference. This is my third job, but I was still a little nervous when I first started. As hostess, I open the door for customers, seat people, hand out menus and silverware, track customers using the floor board, roll silverware and assist with serving meals. My experience at the Kokomo Area Career Center has been helpful because I have been able to study several different work experiences. This school year, I also am taking the Certified Nursing Assistant class at the career center, and this course will help prepare me for my goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Pam Dart’s comments

At Outback Steakhouse, we are opening for lunch at 11 a.m. during the holidays from now through Jan. 3, 2014. Our officials want to see how the public responds to being open more hours. During my career, I have had the opportunity to work with several restaurants that have hired Kokomo Area Career Center students. This program has been beneficial for both the restaurants and the students. Lacie has learned interpersonal skills, communication skills, responsibility and multi-tasking here at Outback Steakhouse. Lacie has grown as an employee and now is able to be in charge of the host stand while handling seating arrangements.