Opportunity Kitchen

Opportunity Kitchen is a 12-week vocational food service training program designed to prepare students for successful careers in food service, catering, and hospitality industries. Students will work alongside an Executive Chef instructor and Program Manager as they learn the ins and outs of food service. This program is free of charge to qualified candidates.

Program highlights include:

  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Cooking techniques
  • Weights and measurements
  • Following recipes
  • Catering
  • Customer service
  • Knife skills
  • Hospitality
  • Soft skills

This program is open to adults 18 and over facing barriers to employment. Examples of challenges our students may face include homelessness or unstable housing, lack of employable skills, mental health issues, single parenthood, disabilities and many other barriers that make maintaining employment difficult.


Our 12-week classes run on a quarterly basis, with classes beginning in July, November, February, and April. If you are interested in learning more about this program, message us through the form on this page, email the Program Manager or call us at 509-582-4142. The program application can be downloaded HERE and can be dropped off at our main office or emailed to our Program Manager.


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We know these items are hard to find these days, but if you have any extra 100% cotton material or ¼ elastic please let us know! We are making cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please contact Fred Clark, CI Community Center Manager, if you are able to donate any of these items or make a financial contribution so we can purchase materials. Fred can be reached at fredc@columbiaindustries.com. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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