WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) In Lyocming County-  a small business owner is using his own coffee to give students an educational opportunity to run a ‘business like franchise.’
   Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler- tells us about the perks for the students.

Each order that is placed at the alabaster coffee cart inside the Williamsport Area High School…
    Is money that goes back into a new program called “franchise development.’
    It allows students to work and operate a small business franchise.

“For this cart, I am basically the manger of it so I have to do inventory and all that.” Said Tymir James

    Tymir James is a senior at the school and uses his time during the district’s ‘Bank Time’ to be a barista for an hour twice a week.
    His opportunity came when the owner of Alabaster, Karl Fisher, approached the district with the idea of using his business to help students.

“Educational pieces, the hands on training that we can offer in a pretty unique environment.” said Fisher, the Owner of Alabaster Coffee Roasters and Tea Company

    Alabaster roasts its own coffee beans…. which come into their bar in Williamsport from around the world.
    Once roasted they’re used at the stand – which was built by vocational students.
    A true ‘by students for students’ operation.

“Well it’s cool because it kinds of gives people a future idea what they want to do in life.” said Zack Gates

“I may become a small business owner. ” noted James

    Nearly 20-thousand dollars in grant money was awarded to the school to help pay for machines and materials for the mobile cart.

“It’s a very great opportunity to see how a local businessman operates.” added James

On Thursday evening the Lycoming Chamber of Commerce presented Alabaster the 2017 Business Partner in Education Award