On March 5th, 21 individuals graduated career-ready from our Culinary Arts Training Program (CATP). The program provides marketable culinary skills to men and women who are formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, and veterans.
The graduates received 6 months of hands-on training in the classroom and at their internship sites. The ultimate goal is to help them land a job in the food service industry. In fact, some of the graduates already have jobs lined up!
One graduate is grateful for her experience. - “I gained a lot of experience and learned how to make different things. The teachers are strict, but you learn a lot,” said Georgette Valis, who found out about CATP through a friend.
Here are some facts about our CATP:
We have been running the program for 20 years and recently expanded to provide a separate track for veterans
We train approximately 150 individuals each year
- We place graduates in jobs at twice the rate of similar programs
Read more about the CATP program at www.projectrenewal.org/catp.