Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 5, 2014

Kokomo Area Career Center

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: Torrona Johnson

Parent: Gina Johnson

High school: Kokomo High School senior

Career plans: Culinary arts

KACC Instructor: Shelley Rust, culinary arts

Internship Placement: McDonald’s, 2331 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo

Supervisor: Tinea Beard, assistant manager

Torrona Johnson’s thoughts

I have worked at McDonald’s for one year. I needed a job so I could help around the house by having my own money. When I first began working at McDonald’s, I was nervous, but I caught on quickly. Among my jobs at McDonald’s are taking orders, running the cash register, operating the back cash and cleaning the lobby or front counter areas. This is my second year in the culinary arts program at the Kokomo Area Career Center, and those school experiences have helped make my experience at McDonald’s so much easier. I hope to save enough money so I can go to college after I graduate.

Tinea Beard’s comments

One thing that many people may not know is that McDonald’s does fundraisers for schools, businesses and churches. Participating sponsors receive the money earned during the fundraisers. I believe the Kokomo Area Career Center is beneficial for students, and I am living proof since I was a School-to-Work student at the career center when I was in high school. Torrona has improved her communication skills and has become a good team worker during her experience here at McDonald’s. Torrona is very helpful and dependable. She is well liked by her fellow employees since Torrona will trade shifts if possible when asked. This restaurant experience here at McDonald’s will help Torrona with her career plans in the culinary arts business.