Spotlight on Success: Business Partner of the Month for March 2018

Our Business Partner of the Month for March 2019 is Starbucks Coffee. We’re recognizing Starbucks for its support of our Career and Technical Education programs, our students and our staff.

Iban Lopez Tinoco, store manager of the Starbucks coffee shop at Lancaster and Silverton Road, represented Starbucks and received the award at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on March 12, 2019.

The list of ways Starbucks supports Salem-Keizer Public Schools is long. It includes:

  • Donating equipment for North Salem High School’s student run coffee shop
  • Providing coffee for AVID events, Career and Technical Education events
  • Providing breakfast and coffee for Summer Professional Development Trainings for teachers
  • Participating in mock interviews and classroom visits for AVID

As for Starbucks’ support for our CTE programs, it has been a sponsor of the CTE & Industry Summit for three years, and also has held competitions for students, based on the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” for the past two years.

This year’s student competition was called “The Pitch,” and was held at McKay High School last month. Teams of students from our high school Business and Marketing programs “pitched” new business ideas to a panel of Starbucks executives.

The first place winning team was Logan Lewallen and Owen McKay from Sprague High School. They presented a business idea for a Rift Cup that has a divider down the middle, so customers could buy two drinks in one cup.

Two McKay High School teams tied for second place. Students Matthew Quirarte and Javier Alcantar-Garcia suggested Starbucks target the growing Hispanic population nationwide by offering drinks and pastries derived from Hispanic culture.

Crystal Nguyen pitched the idea of Starbucks developing an ube latte. Ube is a sweet yam originating in the Philippines. Crystal’s presentation was impressive because at the last minute her teammates were unable to attend the competition, so she carried on solo with a poise that impressed the judges.

Thank you Starbucks for all the support you have given our CTE and AVID programs. It’s a pleasure to recognize you as our Business Partner of the Month.