The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut in New Milford is accepting applications for its next 12-week session, which will begin Sept. 11 at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Whittlesey Avenue.

“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, executive director of the school.

The school trains people 18 and older for jobs in food service.

Instructed by chef Justin Elander, a 2008 graduate of the Community Culinary School, the students will learn a range of cooking techniques in a full-scale kitchen.

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

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

Tuition is free for qualifying candidates.

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 service industry.

Classes are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the church, 7 Whittlesey Ave.

The school is modeled on the Community Kitchen program of the anti-hunger organization Feeding America and relies largely on donations and grants.

For information, call Dawn Hammacott at 203-512-5791 or email culinaryschool@sbc

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