Immigrant Career Pathways graduates celebrate with ESL instructor Gail Rosin (far left)
and Pathways Program Coordinator Jayna Velez-Molina (far right back row).
November 10, 2016.
Graduation day for the inaugural class of Hartford Public Library's Immigrant Career Pathways introductory food service program, a collaboration with Hartford Public Schools' Food & Child Nutrition Services.
Nine Hartford immigrants celebrated completion of sixty hours of ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and thirty-six hours of a hands-on internship in a Hartford public school cafeteria preparing them for food service careers. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG) funded program offers Hartford's recent arrivals an opportunity to successfully enter the workforce with knowledge, experience and skills.
An excited Maria Vasquez displays her
Immigrant Career Pathways Certificate of Program Completion
presented by Gail Rosin (left) and Jayna Velez-Molina (right)
In the future, today's graduates can further their careers by taking an advanced class, also funded by HFPG, for experienced food service workers. Taught by Trish Lawson, the school system's Field Manager for Food & Child Nutrition Services, students learn the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe sanitation standards, and apply them through school cafeteria internships, as well. It's required training for the national food protection exam to become a QFO - a qualified food operator. In Connecticut at least one person per food service establishment that prepares and serves food must have this important certification. Thirteen other students who just completed this advanced class, which requires another thirty-six hour internship, took the ServSafe exam on November 8th and are awaiting their results.
Left to right Trish Lawson, Lonnie Burt and Gustavo Sanchez
celebrate Mr. Sanchez's graduation.
The next cycle of classes begins in January 2017. Contact Jayna Velez-Molina (email@example.com) at the Hartford Public Library for details.
Don Shaw, Jr.
Writer and Editor
Photos by Don Shaw, Jr.