Culinary Job Training

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Second Helpings’ offers a free, 7-week Culinary Job Training program available to unemployed and underemployed adults in Central Indiana. Each step in the program is designed to secure employment upon graduation. These skills extend beyond the kitchen, to provide a foundation for what it takes to be a great employee. Learn more about the program below.

Culinary Job Training

Each Culinary Job Training student is provided with uniforms, textbooks and other assistance so they can concentrate on their training with fewer distractions. Students can expect homework each night, plus quizzes and tests.

Each step in the 7-week job training program ensures students are focused on mastering lessons and skills taught each day. The American Culinary Federation recognizes Second Helpings’ Culinary Job Training program as a “Program of Excellence.” The class is led by two professional chefs on staff, as well as guest instructors who come straight from the industry to teach specialty skills.

Our Culinary Job Training program offers skills beyond the kitchen, too. Each student receives financial literacy training with BMO Harris Bank, and resume and job interview training with human resource professionals. Students receive in-house job placement assistance from our staff Employment Specialist, and job search training from our partners at the John H. Boner Community Center.

Each Culinary Job Training graduate is eligible for 5 credit hours from the culinary program at Ivy Tech Community College and ServSafe Certification.

Still have questions? Check out our Culinary Job Training FAQ page.

Ready to apply?

Your first step is to attend an information session at Second Helpings. You don’t need to bring anything to these sessions, but feel free to bring friends and family members who are also interested in the program.

Upcoming info Sessions:

Class 126 Info Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 2pm

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 2pm

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 at 10am

Class 127 Info Sessions (December 2, 2019 – January 24, 2020)

  • Monday, October 28 at 2pm

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2019 at 10am

  • Wednesday, November 6 at 2pm

  • Monday, November 11 at 2pm

Class 128 Info Sessions (January 6, 2020 – February 21, 2020)

  • Tuesday, December 3 at 10am

  • Monday, December 9 at 2pm

  • Tuesday, December 17 at 10am

Class 129 Info Sessions (February 3, 2020 – March 20, 2020)

  • Thursday, January 2 at 10am

  • Wednesday, January 8 at 2pm

  • Monday, January 13 at 10am

Class 130 Info Sessions (March 2, 2020 – April 17, 2020)

  • Tuesday, February 4 at 2pm

  • Thursday, February 6 at 10am

  • Friday, February 14 at 10am

For additional questions, contact Tonya, Culinary Job Training Coordinator at (317) 632-2664 ext. 114 or, or simply fill out our Prospective Students Form.

Looking to hire?

Visit our Hire A Graduate page for more information, or contact Employment Specialist Anne King at (317) 632-2664 ext. 139 or