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

The 12-week program will start May 16 at St. John's Episcopal Church on Whittlesey Avenue.

Tuition is free for qualified candidates.

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 trains people aged 18 and older for jobs in food service. It also arranges internships for all students, trains them in the life skills necessary to getting and keeping a job and assists with job placement.

Meals prepared by students are distributed to the needy through the New Milford food bank.

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