The Connection has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to develop a culinary arts program to prepare clients for living wage jobs in the community. Funding will be used to build a demonstration kitchen, to be located at The Connection’s 48 Howe Street, New Haven property. Our intention in Year One is to expand a modest food preparation program developed by The Connection’s Executive Chef, Craig Langdon, to a more extensive 12-week program that will provide interested clients in all of our New Haven programs with culinary arts instruction.
Interested and qualified graduates of The Connection’s Culinary Arts program will be encouraged to move on to the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology’s (ConnCAT) significantly more rigorous, 10-month Culinary Arts program. The Culinary Arts Program is part of a larger effort to develop a robust workforce development program for clients in all Connection programs that will prepare them to seek and secure living-wage jobs in the community.