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Catholic Charities Common Table Culinary Arts Program job training

Emma Santiago, left, and Jasmin Wade, right, prep a meal in the Common Table kitchen space at Catholic Charities of Louisville.

There’s more than just soup being served at Common Table, a training program operated by Catholic Charities of Louisville. It’s a two-for-one special. 

Students enrolled in the free Culinary Arts Program, which works to reduce poverty in the Louisville area by offering hands-on job training, get an opportunity to hit the reset button and start over with a clean slate while learning a new skill set. 

During the eight-week program, the students, many of whom are youth that aged out of foster care, unemployed single mothers, people who have been laid off, former inmates, refugees, or others who face barriers to employment, learn the basics of working in the foodservice industry and obtain Louisville Metro Food Service Manager’s Certification. Skills are refined through experiential learning in the kitchen as students prepare food for various catering orders.