"We've Cooked Up A Recipe for Success"
Georgetown- On Friday, March 23, First State Community Action Agency held a graduation ceremony for participants in their Adult Culinary Arts Program.
Eight adults from Sussex County were awarded certificates of completion for their successful completion of the 16 week culinary course taught by Chef Instructor, Lee Stewart.
2018 Adult Culinary Graduates Valarie D. Oneley (Laurel) Nehemias Mendez (Georgetown) Charlotte L. Vessels (Seaford) Marjorie Dorce (Seaford) Stephanie Williams (Milford) Matilia Joseph (Seaford) Tiffany W. Copeland (Millsboro)
The culinary graduates completed 360 hours of classroom and lab training/ instruction which included a curriculum taught from the Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute and forty hours of paid internship with area restaurants and food service facilities. They each earned their ServSafe and ABC (Alcohol Beverage Commission) certifications for food and beverage safety. The students also engaged in community service projects, providing meals for homeless families at the Crisis House and other shelters, preparing dinners and catering services for the First State's bi-monthly community dinners and other numerous holiday and social events for local organizations and businesses.
MaryAnn Morris, manager of the culinary arts program, says the program provides an opportunity to unemployed and underemployed adults, as well as those seeking a change in career, to obtain basic culinary skills training and certification that will lead to gainful employment in the food service industry.
"This program incorporates working in the community with our partners around and in Sussex County," she said. "We like to present ourselves as a human resource for businesses that are looking for students who are trained, certified, and ready to walk right in and do the job."
Morris says the culinary arts program has a high success rate of employment after graduation with more than 80% of students obtaining jobs and/or starting new businesses in the field. All eight 2018 graduates currently have secured employment in various restaurants.
About the Adult Culinary Arts Program: First State provides basic culinary arts training and job placement assistance to unemployed, and underemployed, low-income adults in Sussex County. Students are given a solid basic foundation of culinary skills and knowledge qualifying them for opportunities in independent restaurants, food chains, extended care facilities, hospitals, schools and other commercial foodservice facilities. The training objective is to obtain employment for those individual that have been unemployed and help them retain employment for at least 90 days.
First State would like to congratulate all of the 2018 graduates of our Adult Culinary Arts Program. We wish you much success in your future endeavors!