On Tuesday, January 22nd, TEEM launched the first Culinary Arts Certification Class of 2019. The class teaches basic kitchen safety, culinary techniques, and customer service training. The program is desinged to empower justice-involved individuals through the culinary arts.
“The program provides a new perspective on cooking,” said Brianna Dupuis, Reentry Participant. “I never cooked much before and it’s cool to learn how to make so many different things with just a couple of steps.”
The initiative is made possible through a community collaboration consisting of It's My Community Initiative, Metro Technology Centers, the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology and Education, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Certified instructors from Metro Technology provide the training necessary for participants to pass their ServeSafe and OSHA exams.
“The culinary program empowers our participants in so many ways,” said Abby Otto, Reentry Site Supervisor. “It teaches them teamwork, customer service, and culinary skills that they can use to secure employment.
The graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 12:30 p.m. in TEEM’s Community Room. Jeff Galley, Central Group Leader of LifeMissions and LifeGroups at LifeChurch will be the keynote speaker during the ceremony. The culinary class will prepare the food for the reception. All are welcome to attend the event.