Educational Institutions

COMMUNITY CULINARY SCHOOL OF NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT

Changing Lives Through Cooking

aka Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT

New Milford, CT

Mission

We seek to empower participants, qualifying them for jobs that earn a living wage in the food service industry and helping to feed the hungry while doing so.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Dawn Hammacott

Main Address

40 Main St

New Milford, CT 06776 USA

Keywords

education, culinary arts, employment, career development, trade jobs, vocational jobs

EIN

26-3551690

 Number

1759127401

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Vocational Technical (B30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT is fundamentally changing the lives of program participants through job and life skills training leading to careers in the food service industry. Participants are unemployed or under-employed and primarily at or below 200% federal poverty level. Training touches on all aspects of working in a professional kitchen including ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification and internships at area food service establishments. Life skills training includes employment workshops and financial literacy. The school is the congregate meal provider for the New Milford Senior Center and the emergency food provider for the Town of New Milford with all other food prepared in classes donated to the New Milford Food Bank. The preparation of this food provides valuable hands-on experience for program participants. Job placement rates are at 96% with a 95% retention rate post six months graduation.

Our programs

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Education and Job Creation

Life Skills

Addressing and combating food insecurity

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT aims to provide job and life skills training, leading to food service careers, to unemployed and underemployed adults while addressing hunger in our community.

The school provides comprehensive culinary training that touches on all aspects of working in a professional kitchen including ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification and internships at area restaurants. Life skills training, that includes employment workshops and financial literacy, helps participants secure employment with the opportunity for a better life for themselves and their families.

Professionally trained Chef Instructors and ServSafe Instructor/Proctors provide culinary and food safety training. Employment specialists provide employment skills training, resumes, and financial literacy. The school has developed extensive relationships with food service providers for internship and employment opportunities for participants.

Progress is determined by program completion rates, ServSafe pass rates, job placement and retention rates and number of meals provided to the New Milford Food Bank and New Milford Senior Center.

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT's most significant accomplishments are job placement and retention rates as well as the success of graduates in climbing the career ladder. Many have made significant achievements going from prep cooks to Executive Chefs and Food Service Directors. Next up for the school is an expansion of our partnership with the New Milford Senior Center. In late 2020 the school will move into a newly renovated kitchen at the Center which will allow for larger classes and an expansion of the congregate meal program.

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COMMUNITY CULINARY SCHOOL OF NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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