Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

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?

About the Program

You may be the perfect fit for Project Launch, a tuition-free, 12-week certified culinary apprenticeship program. The program specifically serves individuals who are experiencing significantly high unemployment rates: formerly incarcerated adults, foster youth transitioning out of the system, victims of domestic violence, individuals with mental health disorders, and individuals with a history of substance abuse.

During full day classes from Monday-Friday 8:30am -4:30pm (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 are also 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 and then click Apply Now below. Below is a list of upcoming classes and application due dates.

Class Number Application Due Date Class Start Date
13 June 15, 2018 July 25, 2018
14 September 3, 2018 October 3, 2018
15 November 12, 2018 December 12, 2018
16 January 27, 2019 February 27, 2019
17 April 8, 2019 May 8, 2019
18 June 17, 2019 July 17, 2019

If you are working with any other social service agencies please have them download a hard copy referral form or complete the online referral form at Hard copy referrals can be submitted to or at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

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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