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Fedcap Culinary Students Honored At Jacob Javits Center

Fedcap Culinary Arts students training at the Javits CenterOn Tuesday, July 28th, representatives from Centerplate, the Consortium for Worker Education and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center attended a luncheon to recognize students who are participating in Fedcap’s Culinary Arts Training Program. The students have been training at the Javits Center for the past three months while the finishing touches are being put on Fedcap’s new, state-of-the-art kitchen at 210 East 43rd Street.

Career Design School Director Maria Jacobson presents WorkStar Award to the Jacob K. Javits Convention CenterAt the luncheon, Maria Jacobson, Director of Fedcap’s Career Design School, thanked management and staff of the Javits Center for a hugely successful collaboration that provides the students with invaluable workplace experience. She presented the Javits Center and Centerplate with Fedcap’s Workstar Award, which is given to socially conscious businesses that provide job opportunities to people with barriers. Centerplate is a major provider of hospitality and food services.

“We are extremely excited that we were able to participate in this program, and continue to participate,” he said. “With our partners Fedcap, the Jacob Javits Center and the Consortium, it is great to be able to give back to the community.” 

Centerplate Vice President and General Manager John Ericson accepted the WorkStar award on behalf of his company

Attending the event were program culinary instructors Milton Sheppard and Steve Hill. The chefs spoke about the great work of the students, and expressed their gratitude to program partners Centerplate and the Javits Center for allowing the training to take place.   

“I am so grateful to be here as an instructor with my team,” Milton said. “Being at the Javits Center really enhanced their training, and now they are job-ready.”  

Hector Lucro, Fedcap Culinary Arts Training Program Graduate and Centerplate employeeOne of the job-ready students is Hector Lucro, who just completed three months of training and was recently hired by Centerplate. Hector came to Fedcap through ACCES-VR, where he was able to turn his life around. During the program he learned all of the skills he needed to get a job in food preparation at Centerplate, and to start on a pathway to economic self-sufficiency. 

“Going through the Fedcap training program changed my life,” Hector said. “I cried when I found out I got the job.”