A renovated commercial kitchen opened its doors Monday on Ridge Road as a training hub for students in the Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) Program sponsored by Baker-Victory Services.
The WAY Training Kitchen and LunchWAY Café is located in the former site of Our Lady of Victory Infant Home, 790 Ridge.
It will offer students state-of-the-art culinary training and job skills to aid in their search for employment.
“Providing students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills on the same modern equipment found in today’s commercial kitchens is critical to applying what they have learned when they enter the job market,” said Terese Scofidio, chief executive officer of Baker-Victory Services.
Major funding for the renovation and equipment in the new space was provided by the Key Bank Foundation.
“The WAY Program continues work begun so many years ago by Father Baker,” said Msgr. Paul Burkard, president of Baker-Victory Services. “Training in the trades was a vital part of Father Baker’s educational program for the boys a century ago. Just like today, he felt strongly that vocational training provided individuals with basic skills that would be beneficial to them in the future. ”
• The City Council meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers, City Hall, 714 Ridge Road. Regular meeting follows at 7.