HCC Offering Exploratory Bilingual Culinary Training to Native Spanish Speakers Text Size


 Holyoke Community College will be holding two bilingual culinary exploratory sessions to introduce native Spanish speaking clients of Nuestras Raices and students of the Community Education Project to career, training, and educational opportunities in the culinary and hospitality fields.

The first of these sessions is tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Mi Plaza Restaurant at Nuestras Raices, 329 Main St., Holyoke.

Chef Alan Anischik, owner of Food 101 Bar & Bistro in South Hadley, will be co-teaching with Nuestras Raices’ chef Neftali Duran. HCC customer service instructor Julie Turgeon will offer some basic front-of-house instruction, with translation by Spanish language instructor from the Community Education Project.

New HCC president Christina Royal will offer some introductory remarks.  

The group of 20 students will be divided in two, with half working in the kitchen and the other half out front serving. They will switch halfway through.

During the last hour, everyone will sit down and eat what they have prepared, and HCC will present them with information about future career training and educational opportunities.

The exploratory training sessions are funded by a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund grant awarded through the Commonwealth Corporation. Anthony Britt from the Commonwealth Corporation will be attending the session tomorrow (Jan. 12).

The second session, Wed., Jan 18, 5-8:30 p.m., also at the Mi Plaza Restaurant at Nuestras Raices, 329 Main St., will follow a similar format but with chef and HCC culinary arts professor Warren Leigh as a co-instructor.

The objective of the program is to raise awareness of educational and training opportunities in culinary and hospitality arts for people from the Latino community.

Nuestras Raices is a non-profit community organization with deep ties to the Latino community.

The Community Education Project is a member of the Juntos Collaborative and is a longtime partner in HCC’s Transition to College and Careers program.

Posted on January 11, 2017 by