RCC Culinary Arts Center to Offer 8-Week Series of Free Cooking and Nutrition Classes for Food Insecure Individuals and Families - Sponsored by Orange & Rockland


Rockland Community College (RCC) has announced an 8-week series of free cooking and nutrition classes for food insecure individuals or families. Up to 2 members from a family may attend. The classes will take place at RCC’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center located at 70 Main Street in Nyack. Participants will learn how to purchase and prepare delicious and nutritious food, and gain skills and confidence in preparing healthy food.

Classes will start on Monday, March 22 and run from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and continue each Monday through May 10. The classes are free and open to food insecure RCC students and the public, and the food is included. Children age 14 and older may attend with an adult.

Expert instructors will help participants gain skills and confidence in the Culinary Art Center’s classroom kitchen, which features ten workstations with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a teaching station equipped with audio and video technology so that students can easily hear and see exactly what the steps are for each lesson.

This class is made possible by a grant from Orange & Rockland Utilities. For more information, email Mark Davidoff at mdavidoff@sunyrockland.edu or call 845-875-7571.

About Rockland Community College, State University of New York

Rockland Community College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. Recognizing there was a high demand to fill “middle-skills” jobs, those which require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree, RCC created the Middle Skills Academy to give students the chance to earn a certificate that will help them obtain employment quickly. The programs—including culinary arts — are designed to teach specific skills in a concentrated time frame so students can start a new career, earning a good salary, in less than one year. The program also includes courses that may be transferable as college credit in the future, if students choose to continue their formal education. Thanks to the school’s affordable tuition, students who start out at RCC before transferring to four-year colleges can save as much as $100,000 on their education.

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