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Providence students come from all walks of life. 

Second Harvest's Providence Culinary Training (PCT)

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Changing lives,  

one recipe at a time.

Some who enroll in our culinary training program want to learn new skills and make new connections after a job loss. Some want to enhance their skills and pursue better-paying opportunities in the culinary field. Some want to fine-tune their knowledge to start a business. Some are simply seeking a fresh start.

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Everyone who enrolls is supported as an individual - as they move through the Providence Culinary Training program and as they establish themselves after graduation.

Are you looking to jumpstart your future in the fast-paced, rapidly growing food industry? At Second Harvest Food Bank's Providence Culinary Training Program, you’ll learn not only the craft and art of cooking, but also business and management skills, science and nutrition, and essential life skills. There’s no reason to wait to turn your passion for food into an exciting career.

Technical training includes:


  • Certification in ServSafe® sanitation

  • Basic cooking methods

  • Knife skills

  • Baking and pastry

  • Soups, stocks & sauces

  • Quantity food production

  • Restaurant catering and cookery

  • Kitchen Safety

Our intensive classes meet five days a week, six hours a day, for 13 weeks, wrapping up with a one-week internship at a local restaurant or foodservice organization.

Scholarships and post-graduation job placement help are available.

Graduates receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Forsyth Technical Community CollegeGoodwill Industries of Northwest NCProvidence, and the American Culinary Federation

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"Providence students come from  all walks of life. 

Everyone who enrolls is supported as an individual, as they move through the Providence Culinary Training program and as they establish themselves after graduation.

Jeff Bacon, CEC CCA AAC

Vice President, Social Enterprises & Executive Director Providence Programs

"100 Graduations ... and counting. 

Since its inception, Providence has been opening the doors of opportunity for community members facing barriers to employment. Some of our students have experienced incarceration, others substance abuse or some other significant challenge. Providence is a place for second, third, and even fourth chances.

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Daryl Pobanz
Director of Culinary Training
Providence Programs

Culinary Training Class Schedule

Interested in enrolling?

Fill out our brief Student Interest Form and we will be in touch with you with more information about the required application process.

We look forward to hearing

from you!


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changing lives, one recipe at a time.

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