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Oakland First Presbyterian Church

Culinary Employment Pathways Program

Applications for this cohort open in July 2024
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Oakland First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612


Applications for the FALL 2024 Cohort will open JULY 2024. Check back soon!

The Culinary Employment Pathways Training and Internship program provides hands-on instruction on basic culinary and food safety, and workplace soft-skills.

In the first 5 weeks, you will learn the basics, such as kitchen safety and knife skills before moving on to more specific skills such as cooking methods, personal wellness practices, workers rights education, plating techniques and more.

Participants that complete the training and their Food Handlers test are placed into an 8 week internship at a local food business in Mandela Partner’s small business network. When matching participants with internships we consider schedule, interests, and transportation, so that we can find the best fit that emphasizes a continued learning environment. Participants will work with the business to set their schedule, with a max of 24 hours a week. Throughout the 8 weeks, our team provides ongoing support to both the participant and business as they navigate the internship. Program graduates will either gain long-term employment at their internship site or will be provided support to gain employment through our broader workforce network.

Best for:

Oakland and East Bay Area residents facing significant barriers to employment ready to take steps toward a first job in the food industry

Cohort size:

8-12 participants

Time commitment:

Training: 12 hours per week for 5 weeks Monday - Thursday, 1pm to 4pm

Internship: 24 hours per week for 8 weeks


Oakland. First Presbyterian Church

2024 start dates:

Q1 Cohort: Jan 29th (Passed) Q2 Cohort: May 6th (Passed) Q3 Cohort: August 26th (Upcoming - Applications open in July)

Participant stipend:


Questions about the CEP program? Please contact Natasha Nazer -

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