Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public schools across the country to prepare students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. C-CAP was founded in 1990 by renowned chef and cookbook author, Richard Grausman, and makes a difference by providing opportunities for kids who would have little chance of a college degree, to become educated in the culinary and hospitality field, and then compete for scholarships. The kids part of this program, whether they are awarded scholarships or not, are prepared for careers which can lead them out of poverty.
C-CAP manages the largest independent high school culinary scholarship program in the United States, awarding roughly $2 million each year. C-CAP meets its goal by providing teacher training and curriculum enhancement to high school culinary instructors in seven states. It then provides college advising and College 101 Workshops for students who are college-bound job shadows, job training, internships, and career advising for life.
Since 1990, C-CAP has awarded students $28 million in scholarships and donated $2.3 million worth of supplies and equipment to classrooms. C-CAP operates in seven locations: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Hampton Roads, VA; Washington, D.C.; and statewide in Arizona.
Recipe for Success:
C-CAP is a curriculum enrichment program linking public high school culinary teachers and their students to the foodservice industry. Our materials and services help prepare students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Teacher Training: Innovative professional development sessions build teachers’ knowledge and skills to enhance student outcomes.
Scholarships and Cooking Competitions: Students who compete in annual C-CAP cooking contests win college scholarships as part of the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the country.
Job Training, Internships and Career Advising: Job shadows, job readiness training and internships provide high school students with work skills and on-the-job experience. Ongoing career counseling builds students’ awareness of opportunities and helps alumni progress in their careers.
College Advising and College 101: College and career advisors work with all scholarship winners to ensure their success in school and in the industry.
Product Donations: Industry sponsors provide under-stocked and under-equipped classrooms with necessary equipment and ingredients. To become a sponsor please call 212-974-7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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