Culinary Workforce Training Program Cohort 4 Takes Off!

Cohort four welcomes five new participants; Ray, Parris, Christapher, Stacy and Kim. For the next 15 weeks, they will participate in culinary skills training, engage in workforce development and gain experience through internship. In this cohort, we are updating the curriculum to provide more hands-on opportunities to learn about food systems, food waste and seasonal food preparation.

Participants to a trip to Swallows Nest Gardens in Council Bluffs, Iowa for a farm tour where they had a true farm to table experience. The participants walked through the fields with one of the farmers, Nancy Crews, and learned about different types of produce and herbs. They harvested four varieties of heirloom tomatoes, two varieties of cucumbers, basil, edible flowers, garlic and garlic butter served  at a picnic table beneath a grove of trees on the farm.

Throughout the course of the program, participants have opportunities to engage with farmers, local restaurateurs and community professionals. This exposure combined with culinary skills prepares them for successful careers making livable wages in the food and beverage industry.

Now Accepting Applications for Participant Placement

As an approved Workforce Investment Opportunity Act training program by the Nebraska Department of Labor, participants can use workforce investment funding to cover the cost of enrollment in the 15 week culinary training program and retain any benefits they are currently receiving while in paid internships. The Culinary Workforce Training Program is now taking agency referrals for participant placement in the 5th cohort. For more information call No More Empty Pots at 402.502.1642.

Become an Internship Partner

We’re looking for local food businesses to host culinary interns. By welcoming an intern into your business, you offer participants valuable on the job experience while retaining local talent and giving back to the community! To find out more information, please email No More Empty Pots at info@nmepomaha.org or call 402.502.1642.

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