Lamar & Kasandra Move On To Next Steps

Lamar and Kasandra may have completed the culinary portion of the Culinary Workforce Training Program but they aren’t finished yet. Both participants transitioned from the kitchen to the classroom as they worked on job readiness skills. These skills included refreshing resumes, interviewing techniques and general best practices within the workplace. After completing workforce development training, Lamar and Kasandra moved on to the next step in the program!

Lamar can be found interning downtown at Culprit Cafe & Bakery. For the next four weeks, he will utilize his culinary skills as a foundation to assist in a variety of roles int he restaurant. He’ll get to observe how the kitchen staff use teamwork on the line to provide quality food and quality service. In the future, Lamar hopes to open a restaurant that, like Culprit Cafe & Bakery, focuses on community. His restaurant would provide a dining experience that caters to diabetics. Being a diabetic himself, he sees the need for a restaurant like this where families and friends can go without having to worry if the food is safe to eat.

Kasandra chose a different path after completing culinary skills training in the Culinary Workforce Training Program. She is now enrolled at Metropolitan Community College and will begin working towards an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts in the fall. Additional training will support  Kasandra’s goals to start her food truck business in 2019.

We look forward to seeing Lamar and Kasandra excel in their next steps of an internship and enrollment in a more advanced culinary degree program.

Now Accepting Applications for Participant Placement
As an approved Workforce Investment Opportunity Act training program by the Nebraska Department of Labor, participants can use workforce investment funding to cover the cost of their enrollment in the 15 week culinary training program and retain any benefits they are currently receiving while in paid internships. The Culinary Workforce Training Program is now taking agency referrals for participant placement in future cohorts for 2018. For more information call No More Empty Pots at 402.502.1642.

Become an Internship Partner
We’re looking for local food businesses to host culinary interns. By welcoming an intern into your business, you offer participants valuable on the job experience while retaining local talent and giving back to the community! To find out more information, please email No More Empty Pots at or call 402.502.1642.

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