The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut, based in New Milford, is accepting applications for its next session.

The next 12-week program will start Sept. 28 at St. John’s Episcopal Church along Whittlesey Avenue.

The school was established in 2007 to provide unemployed and underemployed men and women 18 and older with the skills they need to find jobs with career paths in the food- service industry.

“If you love to cook and are interested in an exciting new career opportunity, you may be a good candidate for the Community Culinary School,” said Dawn Hammacott, culinary school executive director.

“The New Milford/Danbury area has more than 500 businesses that employ food- service personnel,” Hammacott said. “The industry is always in need of reliable, trained employees.”

Instructed by chef Blythe Roberts, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, the students will learn a range of cooking techniques in a full-scale kitchen.

The school also arranges internships for all students, trains them in the life skills necessary to getting and keeping a job, and assists with job placement.

Additionally, the meals students prepare are distributed to those in need through the New Milford Food Bank.

Tuition is free for qualifying candidates.

Classes will be held Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7 Whittlesey Ave.

For more information, call Dawn Hammacott at 203-512-5791.