Our Foodservice Training and Job Placement Program is designed for individuals with barriers to employment. We are passionate about serving others as they find job security and self-sufficiency through skills training and job placement assistance.

Wondering if our program is for you? This program provides growth opportunities for anyone looking for a fresh start in life:

  • Refugees and immigrants

  • Women rebuilding their lives following domestic violence

  • Individuals re-entering after incarceration for non-violent/non-sexual crimes

  • Non-chronically homeless

  • Individuals overcoming substance abuse (must be at least 90 days sober)

  • Those experiencing mental or physical disabilities

  • And others on a case-by-case basis!

If you are still not sure if our program is for you please read our FAQs page, reach out to us, or fill out an application and we will get back to you. We are here to help! 



Two weeks spent in our classroom working toward a ServSafe® certification & learning the basics for employable skills



Six weeks applying classroom knowledge & learning how to improve skills and help build your confidence! During this time we will also go over building a resume, job searching, & interviewing skills


Each class goes

Monday - Friday

9:30am - 2:30pm

for eight weeks. After successful completion of the program we offer three months of employment support. The program can be extended based on individual needs


August 23
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 13

January 10

February 7

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

What do our trainees leave our program with?

  • ServSafe® Food Handler or Food Protection Manager Certification

  • Soft Skill Development

  • Resume 

  • Interviewing Skills & Practice

  • Confidence with Job Applications & Job Search

  • Over 100 Hours of Kitchen Experience

  • Three Months of Employment Support 

  • Certificate of Program Completion

  • Letter of Recommendation / References 

  • Community

What specific skills do we teach?

  • Food Safety & Sanitation Essentials

  • Kitchen Safety

  • Kitchen Vocabulary

  • Knife Skills

  • Essentials for Completing a Recipe

  • Punctuality, Communication,  Time Management, Adaptability, Work Ethic, Positive Attitude, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Critical thinking, Conflict Resolution, & Leadership


Zaharredin came to the United Sates from Syria where he had already worked in foodservice for fifteen of his young thirty years - even owning his own restaurant at one time. Zaharredin suffers from extreme PTSD and had a difficult time deciding to attend our program for fear of leaving his wife and children home alone.

Despite his fear, he decided to not let the PTSD remain a barrier to the happiness and prosperity of his family and took the leap to come train with us. He quickly proved himself a whiz in the kitchen! He chopped circles around his teachers during knife skills lessons, taught his class how to toss pizza dough and even led an impromptu dabke (traditional Syrian folk dance) in the CCG kitchen!

At graduation, Zaharredin expressed his immense gratitude for the opportunity to learn about American cuisine and his hopes for a long career in foodservice in America. He also noted how happy he was to make a great group of friends. Zaharredin was able to secure a job with a locally owned eatery and market making over $10 per hour! We are so grateful Zaharredin joined us at CCG where he was not only able to hone his existing skills but also develop a network of friendship, safety and trust in his new country.


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From the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Sikabwe, a former primary school teacher of 20 years, came to Create Common Good as a quiet and shy new American.

It was difficult learning new skills with a large language barrier, but the teacher and student in Sikabwe worked hard and dedicated himself to the material.

His patience and perseverance paid off when even before completing the 8-week program Sikabwe earned a job in food service with a local hospital. Full of gratitude and grace, Sikabwe brought all in attendance to tears with his heartfelt speech on graduation day.

Sikabwe has now been steadily working at the hospital and has managed to secure reliable transportation and most importantly, move his family out of the hotel where they had been living since arriving in Boise and into their first apartment in America.