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Empowering Futures: How CAPs is Redefining Culinary Education in Wake County

A group of individuals in the Culinary Arts Program posing at the Summer Hotel Career Fair
The CAPs cohort attended our Summer Hotel Career Fair!

Have you heard the news? At our May 30th Summer Hotel Career Fair, we had over 66 individuals attend, network, and even receive job offers from local Wake County hotels.

This great turnout is due to a wonderful group of community partners and non-profits that spread the word about our career event opportunities. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is one organization that has had a massive impact on our program's training efforts through its Culinary Apprenticeship Program.

“We try to pour into them as individuals, meeting them where they are, then helping them excel,” said Lori Jones, a case manager for the Culinary Apprenticeship Program.

The Culinary Apprenticeship Program, better known as “CAPs,” is a 12-week immersive hands-on culinary experience where they teach the foundations of culinary arts and life skills. Upon completion of the program, candidates will graduate with a ServSafe Manager certification - a credential that can cost upwards of $125 without the support of a nonprofit or employer.

Five Stars candidate, Serafin Carvajal posing in front of the Hotel Career Fair with his case manager Lori Jones.
Five Stars candidate, Serafin Carvajal, has been immersed in the program with help from his case manager, Lori.

Serafin Carvajal, a Five Stars candidate, has been immersed in the CAPs for several months now and told the team how much he loves the hands-on aspect of the program.

“We have the theory first and after we have the practice. So we practice in the kitchen and try to apply all that we have learned in class,” said Carvajal.

If you or someone you know is interested in the CAPs program, talk to your Five Stars Career Coach about getting involved.

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