C-NS students to host party at Funk 'n Waffles

Syracuse hot spot owners train students in shop's positions during business partnership with C-NS Career Center

They'll be serving up smoothies and cooking up waffles; 22 Cicero-North Syracuse students that is. As a part of the C-NS High School Career Center's Collaborative School/Business Partnership program, the students enrolled in one of the business ownership classes will have the opportunity to run Funk 'n Waffles for a "Celebration of Learning."

Funk 'n Waffles, located at 727 S. Crouse Ave., Suite 8, Syracuse, was established by two Syracuse University grads. Adam Gold and Kyle Corea, the dual partnership of Funk 'n Waffles, both graduated from SU in 2006. Corea said he focused on film in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, while Gold expressed interest in audio production in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The owners will celebrate the shop's three-year anniversary Saturday Jan. 16, which is also the day before the C-NS business students will run the show.

Although the students will not view the administrative side of the job, the owners will give a presentation on their business during the Jan. 17 "Learning Celebration." Students will arrive by 3 p.m. that Sunday to get prepped for the big event, which will include a performance by a student's band and also Gold's band, Sophistifunk.

Thanks to another partnership between the C-NS Career Center and Bryant and Stratton College, $100 was donated to go toward the cost of entertainment, according to the college's high school coordinator Paula Annesi.

From 5 to 8 p.m. the students will work in their assigned positions to take orders, serve food, wash dishes, make smoothies, bus tables and handle cash.

Business ownership students have also created all of the promotional materials, an electronic invitation and a story book to publicize the event within the school and on the school Web site.

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