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Community Kitchen Academy | Certificate

Vermont Foodbank

This program is for individuals who are 18 or older, unemployed or underemployed, and can meet low income requirements.


Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a seven-week culinary training program. At CKA, you'll learn from professional chefs in modern commercial kitchens and graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in the field of food service.

Throughout the course, you'll develop and apply new skills by preparing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farms, and food service companies. The food you cook is then distributed through food shelves and meal sites throughout the community.

CKA features: hands-on learning, national ServSafe Food Manager certificate, Vermont Division of Liquor Control First Class Server Training, job placement support, tuition and financial assistance for income eligible students, and connections to community and resources.

CKA is available at two locations: Barre and Burlington.

Cost For Income Eligible Students $0

  • For Non-Income Eligible Students $10,000

  • Cost information is approximate, please visit the program's website for the most up to date information available.

Financial Assistance

  • Grants & Funding Sources

    The program is FREE for income eligible students. Tuition and financial assistance is available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Individual Career Advancement Network (ICAN), Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)'s Advancement Grant, and more. Please contact CKA for more information.

    State or Local Grant