By Natalie Wilson
We have all enjoyed some sort of refreshments, either something from the secret menu or a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie; whatever it was we loved it!
Professor Jack Mandel, along with the marketing students of NCC, invited Mr. Ari Mendrinos, the Regional Manager, and Ms. Jenna Stanton, Store Manager of Starbucks, where we were privy to the many advantages that Starbucks offers to students, communities, and small businesses.
Mendrinos said: “Our goal is to help young people get on the right path, with their career goal and support their efforts.”
Ari, an alumni of St. John’s University, takes pride in getting to know each and every one of his 150 employees, helping them to find the areas that allows them to improve their skills and capabilities. Just as he did with Stanton, now a proud store manager of the Roosevelt Field location. Stanton, who is an alumna of NCC, started with Starbucks, working many different shifts, juggling school and work.
“This was my favorite place to learn new things, and now Starbucks is not just my job it is my career.”
Starbucks encourages their employees to advance, becoming the best that they can be. One perk is that Starbucks pays for their full time employees’ online college education.Three NCC marketing students Taylor Contello, Samantha Riccardo, and Matt Domnitz, are currently the proud faces behind Starbucks’ barista team and enjoy what they do.
Would you not like the opportunity to advance while and after you graduate from college? Starbucks has shown itself to be a company that is “not only talking the talk but also walking the walk,” according to Mendrinos.
As professor Mandel stated “While classroom theory and textbooks are of educational value, practitioners from the workplace offer their experiences and personal insights which often have a stronger impact on students.”