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BOSS Participant Works Hard as Culinary Student for Bread Project

Updated: Nov 20, 2022

Mr. James Marrable is a resident at the BOSS Hope House and a Participant of the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC). Referred to the Bread Project by CTEC, he is now a culinary student and enjoying his new career trajectory!

The Bread Project was established 22 years ago by Lucy Bookbinder to teach people how to bake and become professional chefs. The Project offers a 5-week training that has graduated over 2000 students. Programs like this remind us of the power of living wage employment opportunities, which give individuals a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

CTEC provides a wealth of resources including education, job training, and employment services individuals facing barriers to employment, including those impacted by the justice system. CTEC provides case management, transitional work opportunities, computer training, GED classes, mentorship and peer support, a computer lab, transportation assistance, college enrollment assistance/guidance and much more. CTEC has relationships with second-chance employers who hire individuals with criminal backgrounds.

CTEC partners include Five Keys Schools and Programs, Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College), and Cypress Mandela Training Center. The Downtown Neighborhood Impact Hub is the current home to our CTEC program, which will expand to our East and West Oakland Neighborhood Impact Hubs in the future.

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