On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, First State's "Now We're Cooking" Culinary Arts program held a graduation ceremony and showcase for Cape Henlopen High School graduates at the Central Sussex Training Center in Georgetown.
Thirteen Cape students received certificates of completion in the culinary program. Four of the graduates have already secured jobs working in the food-service and restaurant industry.
Cape's Superintendent Robert Fulton, along with school administrators, educators and parents gathered to celebrate the student's successful completion of the 8 month program and got to taste-test their culinary skills. Students prepared and served delectable hors d'oeuvres such as bruschetta, skewered chicken, crab cake balls, cocktail shrimp, and homemade cookies from scratch. The Now We’re Cooking program, instructed by Chef Gary Papp, is a first-rate vocational food service, work-readiness and life skills program for high school students with learning disabilities. This training, conducted by a certified chef, prepares these students for jobs in the growing number of restaurants in nearby beach resort areas. For over nine years, First State Community Action Agency has partnered with school districts such as Cape Henlopen, Milford, and Indian River to provide culinary training and instruction to more than 220 youth in Sussex County.
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