Education changes peoples lives. And it's not always what's taught out of a book that makes the difference. Vocational schools train students who might otherwise be left out of traditional "classroom" education. The Culinary Arts Training Program (CATP) at Project Renewal seeks to do just that. They offer 6 months of classroom and internship training in the food service industry to low-income and formerly homeless adults. Students get to learn basic cooking theory and food preparation in a real teaching kitchen. They then have the opportunity to have internships at local restaurants and corporate dining services that let them gain on the job experience.
After graduation, Project Renewal helps students find jobs in the food service industry. Almost 200 students are trained each year, with over 80% of the graduates getting jobs. Despite their pasts, their graduates keep their jobs at twice the rate as the industry average.
Watch the video to learn more and visit the Project Renewal website to learn more about this great organization.