YWCA Enrolling Now for Dignity Kitchen Culinary Training

POTTSTOWN PA – Enrollment is now open for up to 12 participants in the Dignity Kitchen Culinary Training Program conducted by the YWCA Tri-County Area, which begins May 16. The free, 10-week workforce development and culinary arts training program is open to adults who hope to begin a career in commercial food service.

Two Culinary Institute of America graduate instructors prepare program participants for real-world food service employment, as well as general job readiness. Those who complete the program will demonstrate kitchen prep and management skills, and earn safe food handling certifications. They also will be trained to work in restaurants, institutional food service, and other culinary businesses.

Training includes a mix of hands-on training in a commercial kitchen and classroom training in culinary skills, soft skills instruction, digital literacy, career readiness and job search skills. Additional services will be provided as needed to help participants overcome barriers to success.

Individuals interested in the program can complete an online form available here, or send an e-mail to DignityKitchen@ywcatricountyarea.org.

YWCA Tri-County Area has partnered with Catalyst Kitchens to develop the program and curriculum. Catalyst Kitchens supports nonprofits as they create and grow food service programs that provide job training and social enterprise, offering expertise, best practices, and a collaborative network of members.

Participants will be taught by:

  • Michael Cwik, a 2009 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Cwik has worked for 13 years in various positions in hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets. He is working to be certified by August 2022 as a certified secondary food service educator through the National Restaurant Association; and
  • YWCA Culinary Director Sara Anderson, who will assist in teaching. Anderson is a 1998 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has 24 years of experience from fine dining restaurants to institutional settings. She already is a certified secondary food service educator.

In addition to training adults for careers in culinary arts, Dignity Kitchen operates a café for workers and visitors at the Human Services Center in Montgomery County, produces contract meals from its commercial kitchen for early learning centers, home delivered meal programs, and hunger relief efforts in collaboration with regional partner non-profits.

Photo by Taylor Kiser via Unsplash, used under license