ARCHS' Fall 2017 Culinary Institute

Program Update: During the summer of 2017, ARCHS is offering a limited number of fully paid scholarships to ex-offenders and veterans interested in the food service industry.

Enrollment criteria for ARCHS’ Culinary Institute includes: Must be over the age of 18; must have a high school diploma or GED; must have time commitment to attend training for eight weeks (Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park; and must pass placement test given through the College (minimum 8th grade reading level). Candidates will be interviewed for final selection.

The program will be held the fall of 2017. Week one includes applications and placement tests. Week two includes interviews, screenings, selections, notifications, enrollment, hepatitis A vaccination, and uniform fittings.

The next six weeks includes intensive vocational training in the food service industry (textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and bus passes provided); also includes ServSafe®certifications prep, a mid-course luncheon showcase, and graduation ceremony.

Participants will also receive group mentoring, work readiness classes, job placement, and other support services.

For a scholarship application and additional information:


  • Call: Tamara Williams (314-333-5677) or Michael McCoy (314-333-5685)

  • In person: Employment Connection, 2838 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

ARCHS’ Culinary Institute for Veterans is a partnership of ARCHS, Employment Connection, and St. Louis Community College - Forest Park.