LHS students were given an opportunity to develop work experience while maintaining school work at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, a fast-casual restaurant concept, opened Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 3225 E. Grand Ave.

It marks the first Freddy’s restaurant in Wyoming. Freddy’s is known for its cooked-to-order steakburgers made with lean 100 percent ground beef, Vienna Beef hot dogs, crispy shoestring fries and frozen custard treats made with freshly churned chocolate or vanilla frozen custard.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers strives to serve fresh food, to provide warm hospitality and to become a vital part of the communities they serve. They host events, and fundraisers and provide great career opportunities to young adults. Students at Laramie High School filled many positions at the new Laramie location.

Knowing how to effectively communicate and work with others towards a common goal is essential to success in any business environment. It is important for young adults to learn and retain these skills and to build a good work ethic.

In most jobs it is essential that an employee have a predetermined degree of knowledge, technical expertise and skill, but without interpersonal skills a person certainly will struggle with all-important relationships. These struggles can negatively impact a person’s ability to function as part of a team as well as one’s career. Most jobs today require that you be able to engage others, both internally and externally and it’s your social skills that can make all the difference.

“Even though I’ve been working with Freddy’s for a short time now, I’ve already gained quality interpersonal skills and communication with customers has never been an easier task for me!” LHS senior and Freddy’s employee, Olivia Elias, said.

Many students from LHS pushed themselves to do hands on training over the weekend for the local Laramie location in anticipation of the grand open. Employed students are offered a flexible schedule to work around their family as well as their school commitments.

“I’m a full-time high school student with 2 jobs. I can honestly say if I hadn’t learned how to manage my time effectively early in life, I would not be able to handle a full school schedule on top of 30-40 hours a week — and that’s not including my social life!” LHS senior and Freddy’s employee, Sonny Barry, said.