Culinary Arts for Self-Sufficiency (CASS)
Through the Culinary Arts for Self-Sufficiency (CASS) program, unemployed individuals lacking job skills will be trained, certified to work in a commercial kitchen, and assisted in finding employment. CASS is a five-week vocational training program focusing on the essential skills of the food service industry combined with soft skill classes and access to employment specialists who provide job coaching, placement assistance, and support services during and after the program. The program, which once focused on the refugee population, has expanded to include native-born individuals facing high barriers to employment. The objective is to decrease the number of unemployed individuals by helping them acquire job skills that are in demand in the local community.