First State Reopens Culinary School with Ribbon Cutting

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On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, First State held a ribbon cutting event for the culinary school at Central Sussex training facility in Georgetown. More than 40 friends and partners, including State leaders, First State board member, and members of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, come together to celebrate the reopening of First State’s Culinary School! After the ribbon cutting, guests were treated with a tasty display of refreshments prepared by the students in the Adult Culinary Arts Training program.

About the Renovations Project:

In 2017, First State was awarded $100,000 from the Longwood Foundation and $50,000 from the Welfare Foundation to renovate the commercial kitchen facility inside the Central Sussex Training Center on Race Street in Georgetown, DE. First State contracted with Lighthouse Construction to begin the renovations project in May 2018. First State was able to replace all outdated and broken commercial appliances with new equipment, install new flooring, ceiling tiles, lighting and more. The project took just over two months to complete. The renovation provides a new, safe, and state-of-the-art professional learning environment for the adult students in our Adult Culinary Arts training program as well as the high school students with special needs enrolled in our Now We’re Cooking vocational culinary arts program. Renovation Impact: The renovation of our Culinary School will surely have a tremendous and positive impact on our culinary arts training programs. This use of new equipment and appliances empowers the graduating culinary students to be familiar with the very equipment they will be expected to know how to operate when they go to work in a restaurant. In addition, the updated, state-of-the-art commercial facility allows for the expansion of services such as specialty cooking classes to the general public and additional adult culinary arts training classes. Furthermore, First State is able to demonstrate to partnering schools that we are better equipped to teach students the necessary job and life skills so they can become gainfully employed after graduating high school.

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