C-CAP students in Philadelphia participated in a week-long Job Training at The Free Library of Philadelphia. Students rotated through three classes every day, which covered topics from hospitality and culinary skills to soft skills. Several amazing local industry supporters joined us throughout the week, including freelance chef Clara Park, who taught culinary skills; hospitality consultant Kristina Burke, who discussed hospitality management; Dr. Lynsey Madison of Community College of Philadelphia, who gave a demonstration on using a Point of Sales system; and former C-CAP employee Victoria Grant, who taught soft skills.
The training also included guest speakers William Garbacz, General Manager of Sunnybrook Golf Club and Dawn Gray, Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Philadelphia, who discussed interview skills and making a good first impression. Members of the Philadelphia Advisory Council as well as a representative from Wegmans donated their time to meet with students in a mock interview exercise. The week concluded with an exciting culinary relay race in which teams battled it our for top prize and prepared lunch for the day.
This year’s program was our biggest in Philadelphia to date. Fifty-two students participated, including many of the 2018 Philadelphia scholarship winners. Thirty-four students were successfully matched with jobs, while many others already had jobs or will be matched with an employer once school starts in the fall.
On June 6, we treated our teachers to a teacher appreciation dinner at the new YARDS Brewery.