Check out a short video highlighting 12 female ex-offenders who graduated from ARCHS' Culinary Arts Program this summer, after they completed an eight-week class at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park.
Participants in the program are currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County. They received academic culinary training leading to "ServSafe" certification. They will also receive job training and placement, wrap around social services support, and life skills preparation from Employment Connection.
ARCHS' program will allow female participants access to traditionally male career paths such as chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more in the culinary field. According to a National Institute of Corrections Report, the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men.