Members of the Community Relations Council of the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy feasted on fare close to home during their annual meeting Tuesday -- including herbs and vegetables grown in the center's gardens.
The meal was prepared by culinary arts students from the Job Corps. More than 100 people attended the quarterly meeting, which included an update on programs and outreach at the center.
Ann Anderson, academy director, welcomed those in attendance, and Janet Forbes, business and community liaison, introduced Bryan Holst, student "green" officer, who discussed programs making the center ecologically friendly, including energy conservation and the gardens.
Joshua Curry-Bascome and Sarah Sorci, representing the Chautauqua County Rural Ministries Gleaning Project, discussed cooperative efforts to plant gardens at the Job Corps' center and the help received from Job Corps students in developing community gardens in Dunkirk.
Adam Dolce, outreach and recruitment coordinator, said he is currently accepting applications for the licensed practical nursing program this fall. The program, which is in its fourth year at the academy, provides free training to students who want to be nurses. The program accepts 25 applicants. So far, Dolce said, there are 75 applicants.
Deni Trippi, instructor of the academy's CVS pharmacy-training program, recognized two CVS stores that have provided internships for students. About 80 percent of the students who complete pharmacy technician training at the academy are hired by CVS. Since this program began in 1999, two students have gone on to become licensed pharmacists.
The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy is a U.S. Department of Labor program designed to help disadvantaged young people ages 16 to 25 acquire job skills.
Currently, there are 275 students in residence at the center, with additional students who take classes at the site.