The Light House recognizes that to end the cycle of homelessness, people need to have sustainable employment skills that will allow them to make a living wage so they can afford permanent housing. To reach that goal the Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.) Program provides training to prepare students to work in the high demand fields of culinary arts and facilities maintenance. The two distinctive tracks prepare students by providing classroom training and a paid work experience with employers.
Culinary Arts: Includes all aspects of food preparation, nutrition, and catering. Class is taught between The Light House and our Light House Bistro social enterprise. The program is taught in collaboration by Light House Director of Culinary Arts, Linda Vogler, Light House Bistro General Manager, Beth Rocca, and B.E.S.T. Training leads.
Facilities Maintenance and Basic Craft Skills: Includes training in basic craft skills and safety to prepare students for work in facilities maintenance or in the construction trades. This program is taught in collaboration between Light House, Anne Arundel Workforce Development, and Associated Builders and Contractors staff.
What do B.E.S.T. Students Get?
- 12 - 16 weeks of professional training, internship, and job shadowing experience in the trades or in a high volume restaurant.
ServSafe Certification for Culinary
NCCER, Osha 10, CPR First Aid for Facilities
- Case Management - Each student is assigned an employment advocate who will help students to better navigate life’s transitions, assist with job placement, and other services.
- Workforce Preparation Skills - attitude, work ethic, employer expectations, interpersonal communication, time management, resume writing, interview preparation and more help students to prepare and get and keep the job.