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Providence students come from all walks of life. 

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a program of Second Harvest Food Bank:


in collaboration with:

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offering multiple pathways to new opportunities!


Changing lives,  

one recipe at a time.

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

"Providence students come from  all walks of life." 

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


Jeff Bacon, CEC CCA AAC

Vice President, Social Enterprises & Executive Director Providence Programs

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Daryl Pobanz
Director of Culinary Education
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.


Culinary Fundamentals Certificate 

Prerequisite - Life Skills and Food Safety

Duration - Six weeks, including Life Skills and ServSafe). Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Certification in ServSafe ® Sanitation  (Required for employers; proven to help candidates achieve higher wages)

  • Life Skills

  • Mise En Place

  • Knife Skills

  • Basic Cooking Methods

  • Introduction to Baking

  • Introduction to Salads and Dressings

  • Soups, Stocks, Sauces

  • Equipment Safety

  • Warewashing

  • Coaching and Teamwork

  • Experience Day with Topic Expert 

  • Farm Day

Culinary Fundamentals
Advanced Culinary

Prerequisite - Fundamentals Culinary Certificate

Duration - Six weeks | Classes meet five days a week, six hours a day

Choose a Focus Area


  • Scaling and Measurement

  • Quick Bread, Scones, Muffins

  • Breads | Leavening

  • Laminated Doughs

  • Cakes

  • Pies/Tarts

  • Cookies

  • Tortes and Composed Desserts

  • Packaging and Plating

  • Experience Day with Topic Expert 

  • Farm Day

  • Canapes and Finger Foods

  • Cold Hors D'oeuvres

  • Hot Hors D'oeuvres

  • Dinner Buffets

  • Plated Dinners

  • Carving and Action Stations

  • Breakdown

  • Experience Day with Topic Expert 

  • Farm Day

  • Ticket Reading

  • Multi-tasking and Workflow

  • Line Stations

  • Saute

  • Grill

  • App/Fry

  • Salad | Sandwich

  • Dessert | Pantry

  • Expo

  • Dinner Buffets

  • Prep/set up for next shift

  • Experience Day with Topic Expert 

  • Farm Day

Barista Training

Barista Training

Prerequisite - Life Skills and Food Safety

Duration - Three weeks, including Life Skills and ServSafe

  • Customer Service

  • Station Set Up

  • Espresso Basics

  • Equipment Use, Care, and Maintenance

  • Specialty Drinks

  • Cold Drinks

  • Sense of Urgency

  • Latte Art

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Prerequisite - Baking, Catering, or Line Cook Certificate

Duration - 32 hours



Duration - Six weeks, held on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m

GRACE is a hands-on adaptive culinary program designed to empower cooks of any ability level with skills and knowledge to operate with independence in a kitchen setting. This program was designed by Chef Daryl Pobanz and is co-taught by Second Harvest’s Providence program chefs and Steve and Stephen Jones, a father and son duo who went through the core culinary training program together and have been sharing their skills and love of cooking with others ever since.  

Sessions cover:

  • Basic kitchen equipment & appliances

  • Knife skills basics

  • Microwave & stove top cooking

  • Preparing soups, sandwiches, favorites like mac & cheese, and tasty healthy options such as chicken & broccoli.


  • Providence Culinary Training (PCT)

  • Providence Hospitality Training (PHT)

  • Intern / Externships

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