Earlier this fall, NRC Culinary Arts students participated in two Work Based Learning Opportunities that introduced them to both the catering/events management and business end of working in NYC’s culinary industry.
On Thursday, November 20th the NRC Culinary Arts Cohort # 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a Work Based Learning Opportunity, where they were provided a business operations tour by the owner of Black Shack, Mr. Jeff. Students learned about the intricacies of running a business and the importance of having a great sense of money management. “What was wonderful about this opportunity, was the students obtained real life experience; the information was not derived from a text book; rather, a visual experience that will surely stick with them,” said, an NRC staff member. Besides obtaining this real life experience, students were treated to one of the best burgers in town; student’s were astonished by the quality and the personal service provided by Black Shack, which will probably be one of the best memorable experiences in the program.
The Chef’s for Impact event was held, also on Thursday, November 20th, 2014, where the best chefs in New York gathered in an effort to raise funds to deliver e-Learning to rural Africa. Continue reading →
NRC programs seek to build a resilient and educated workforce that is not only able to perform tasks required by their jobs, but also has the skills to react when crises arise. Additionally, NRC-eligible students are qualified to receive enhanced services through the program. These services include:
Earlier this month students from the NRC Culinary Arts job training program at Kingsborough visited KCC Urban Farm to get a hands-on lesson on the value of fresh, organic produce. Students, many of whom mentioned already having experience with their own gardens, were surprised to learn how easy it is to grow delicious food without using pesticides. Linking this visit to their work in the kitchen, students compared tomatoes grown on the Farm to store-bought ones, realizing the rich color, appealing texture, and vibrant flavor would be so much more appealing to customers.
Through NRC training, students learn about the of fundamentals of food industry jobs including cooking terminology and techniques, they’re given an introduction into what they’ll experience once they’re in a professional kitchen, and most importantly for NRC, they’ll develop a background for what it means to be resilient individuals, both in their personal and professional lives. Our program’s partnership with Kingsborough Community College provides classes that are taught by KCC faculty, through KCC’s Culinary Arts program, and access to many of the college’s perks, including the KCC Urban Farm.
If you’re interested in getting more info about NRC’s Culinary Arts program, fill out this quick online survey and a representative will get back to you with everything you need to know.
We at KBCC are pioneers in providing students with seamless advancement into our affordable occupational training program, Culinary Arts with Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), and into college. Students can earn college credits through NRC and are offered assistance with the college application process. This system allows for many “on the fence” or unsure students to get comfortable with transitioning into college.
It’s Friday and it’s beautiful out! A perfect time to share photos of KCC Urban Farm. A recap for new visitors: KCC Urban Farm is the first urban farm on a CUNY college campus. We work with faculty members, students, and community members to develop programming around urban farming. We seek to prepare students for green careers, use fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage an understanding of local and global food systems, and educate students on the benefits of leading healthy lifestyles.
Urban farming in Brooklyn is getting a whole lot smarter!
NRC Culinary Arts classes started last week and students are already in the kitchen. Chef Riley leads a class in weights and measurements:
NRC Culinary Arts students in the kitchen
NRC Culinary Arts students using scales
Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) programming trains workers who play critical roles during times of crisis. If you’re interested in getting more information about NRC’s Culinary Arts program, call us today at 718.368.4637. Your future awaits!
If you haven’t been able to make it to our previous open houses, there’s no reason to worry, we’ve just scheduled more!
Come to one of our our open houses (September 3rd, 4th and 5th and 10am) to learn about the affordable career training programs offered at CEWD. You must call or email to get location information, so contact us today! 718.368.4637
In August, a number of NRC Culinary Arts students were given the opportunity to work a refreshments table at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. This prohibition-era, historical gathering brought attendees back to a time when gramophones were king, cars were beautiful and dance was an art.
Seven NRC students from Culinary Arts Cohorts 2 and 3 worked with Michelle’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Pickles, Ukulele Luau, Arenella’s Raw Bar and many others, preparing and serving food to event-goers. This paid work opportunity provided our students with valuable catering experience that many had never been introduced to before.
If you’re interested in opportunities like this, come to CEWD’s Fall Open House to hear all about NRC and our other workforce training programs.
The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is having another Open House on Monday, August 25th and Wednesday, August 27th at Kingsborough Community College, Call 718.368.4637 speak with a CEWD representative about signing up for a session. Refreshments will be served!
Information sessions begin at 9:00am and 12:00pm. Reserve your spot today!
Are you interested in a career in the food industry? Maybe a career as a Community Health Worker? At this open house, you’ll get information about (and even sign up for!) our affordable career training programs, CUNY CareerPATH and the Northeast Resiliency Consortium. In addition to career-specific training, our programs offer FREE supportive services including career advice, resume and cover letter assistance, job placement assistance, academic advisement and so much more!