VALPARAISO | Students at the Porter County Career and Technical Center opened Cafe Franklin on Thursday morning at the center.

Jennifer Gaulin's Entrepreneurship class has been working for months on this store and named it Cafe Franklin, after the school address.

The students, all part of the entrepreneurship class, started working on this project from scratch.

"They were given limited resources and equipment and had to learn about doing everything for the store," Gaulin said. "I don't do anything."

Jordan Craig, a student at Portage High School, is the store manager.

"This store is a big deal to us and we've worked countless hours," Craig said.

To celebrate the grand opening, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas was on hand along with Jon Groth, the center's director.

"There is so much team effort and teamwork that goes on to make this happen," Groth said. "This is a tremendous achievement."

Costas commended the students on this "awesome happening." 

"The skills you are learning will help you through your whole life," Costas said.

Craig said the students didn't really know each other when they started working in August a but now they all know each other and have worked very hard on the store.

The store features coffee drinks, hot chocolate and snacks like nachos and cheese and it will be open before school and during break time.

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Annette is Porter County Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for 20 years. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.