Are you looking for a new career? Do you aspire to work in the culinary industry? Are you motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future?

You may be the perfect fit for Project Launch, an innovative Culinary Job Training Program that offers hands-on culinary and workforce readiness training. Project Launch is a free 13 week culinary job training course prepare previously incarcerated persons, youth aging out of foster care,victims of domestic violence, individuals that have mental health disorders, and individuals with histories of substance abuse for careers in the food-service industry. During full day classes from Monday-Friday (attendance is mandatory), students begin each morning by attending interactive lessons from the Career Coach on job readiness, workforce attitudes, and employment skills. Then students will spend the rest of the day in the kitchen learning hands on nutrition and culinary skills from the Chef Instructor. There will also be weekly lessons from guest chefs, local San Diego restaurateurs, and hospitality professionals to teach unique culinary skills, and share insights and tips on the industry. The skills and lessons taught by the Chef Instructor and guest chefs will be immediately practiced and tested each day while students prepare nutritious meals for hungry and homeless San Diegans. Every day, students take pride in knowing that they are not only improving their own lives, but the lives of people in their community. If you are interested in applying please review the eligibility requirements below and then click here to begin your application. Below is a list of upcoming courses and application due dates. If you are working with any other social service agencies please have the fill out this referral form.


Application Due Date Class Start Date
January 22nd, 2017 February 22nd, 2017
April 3rd, 2017 May 3rd, 2017
 August 20, 2017  September 20th, 2017
Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Eligible for employment in the U.S.A.
  3. Be either unemployed or underemployed
  4. Be available to be in class from 8:30 am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Attendance is strictly enforced.
  5. Be curious, ready to learn, and able to complete all homework assignments.
  6. Be interested and eligible to work full-time in a food service career.
  7. Must not have any outstanding arrest warrants.
  8. Must live in a stable housing environment.
  9. Have 120 days drug free before the first day of class and be willing to undergo random drug screenings throughout the training.
  10. Be able to stand for a minimum of 8 hours with two 15 minute breaks and be able to lift 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations.
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