The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut is recruiting members for its new session, which will start Jan. 8.

Tuition is free for qualifying candidates.

The Culinary School was established in 2007 to provide unemployed and underemployed men and women with the skills they need to find jobs with career paths in the food service industry. It is open to any adult.

Students learn all aspects of a professional kitchen and food safety during the 12-week course, which is taught by Chef Justin Elander. the students learn skills touching on all aspects of working in a professional kitchen. The school also arranges internships for all students, trains them in the life skills necessary for getting and keeping a job and assists with job placement.

The meals the students prepare are distributed through the New Milford Food Bank.

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

Anyone interested in applying or learning more about the program should contact Dawn Hammacott at 203-512-5791.