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Culinary training program helping residents find work

The program is free for low-income residents
Posted: 6:14 PM, Apr 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-27 23:14:31Z

People in need of a job are being urged to attend some upcoming information sessions about a free job training program provided by the Social Development Commission in partnership with the Heartlove Place.

The job training is comprehensive but it's also free for those families with low income. Kevin Junior joined the program, which is a great opportunity for those looking to get into the work field.

"Cooking is my passion. I started cooking as a kid sitting in the kitchen watching my mom cook. Ever since then that's what I do," Junior said.

The program is a 14 week investment with 400 hours of intense training. It's more than just culinary, students learn about presentation and restaurant management.

"It's helps tremendously, this is the stepping stone to getting to where you want to be," Junior said.

A good example of the return on investment is instructor Shelita Furlow, a former graduate of the program, who is now giving back helping improve the skills of others so that they can get jobs.

"It brings hope, being able to participate in a program like this brings hope to the community," Furlow said.

And all are welcome.

"We don't discriminate against who you are and what your background is and things like that so we're open for everyone to come. We really want to work with all types of people," said Furlow.

If you're interested in the program there will be two information sessions coming up next week. The first one will be on Monday May 1 at 10 a.m. The other will be on May 4 at 5 p.m.

The sessions will be at SDC located on North Avenue. There is a 90 percent graduation rate and a job placement of 51 percent.

 

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