Albany Democrat-Herald: Sweet Home High Yogurt shop Ready for the Public header image

The Albany Democrat-Herald

The frozen yogurt shop is up and running at Sweet Home High School, and students are ready to invite the public to the grand opening of their new establishment.

The yogurt shop is a product of the high school’s GEAR UP class, a federal program that stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is meant to aid students in low-income areas to help them prepare for higher education.

Sweet Home is in the fifth year of the six-year grant. Kristin Adams, college access coordinator for the Sweet Home High School career center, said the idea is to use proceeds from the yogurt shop to keep at least some of the college-plan programs in place after the grant expires.

The experience has been a sharp learning curve for students as they get used to creating spreadsheets, filling out purchasing orders, doing inventory and showing up for shifts on a consistent basis. Joe and Marlene Peterson of the Linn-Benton Community College Small Business Development Center have been business advisers for the class.

Sophomore Jacob Webb, part of the accounting team, said he’s learned it’s not just about taking money, but about learning to separate different costs into different accounts.

“It’s a lot more intensive than I thought,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go into running a business."