The session will be held Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 14 through July 3 at St. John's Episcopal Church on Whittlesey Avenue.

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

Besides providing 12 weeks of hands-on culinary and sanitary instruction, 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.

The culinary school's students prepare hot meals, which are donated to the needy through the New Milford Food Bank.

The 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 services industry.

Tuition is free for qualifying candidates, who must be at least 18 years old.

For more information, call Social Services at (860) 355-6079.