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Quinsigamond Community College
  • 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • 508-751-7900
  • Vocational Skills Training
Culinary Institute for Returning Citizens
Program activities:

Learn a new skill set in 8 weeks!

A fun, engaging, hands-on learning experience. This program will provide you with the skills and support to enter the culinary industry. Get the following industry credentials:

  • ServSafe Food Handler
  • Food Equipment & Safety Training (FEAST)
  • MA Allergen Awareness

Program Highlights:

  • Earn industry credentials and college credit
  • Learn from dedicated professional chefs
  • Prepare and enjoy meals every class
  • Work with a variety of ingredients to create meals from other cultures
  • Get creative! Cooking and baking is a great way to create something unique
  • Work with other students in a collaborative environment
  • Get on track to begin a new career in an industry with flexible schedules

Includes work readiness preparation and post-exit job placement assistance!

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Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Diverse men and women ages 18 and above, from various economic, cultural and educational backgrounds who have been released from incarceration within the last 6 months.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 20
Total hours: 23
Program duration: 8 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 3
Program start dates: cohort one 3/7 through 4/29; cohort two 5/2 through 6/24; cohort three 5/8 through 6/30
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
3pm - 7pmClassroom & lab
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

QCC at the Worcester Senior Center: 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604WRTA bus #1 and #11 stop at the Senior Center
Other requirements: Age 18+, released from incarceration within the last 6 months
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: ServSafe Food Handler; Food Equipment & Safety Training (FEAST); MA Allergen Awareness.
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Jo Sundin
Telephone: 508-751-7900
Program code: QCC-IH-VT-CIRC
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes