Students in the MNDC Career Development Institute (CDI) and Culinary Arts Institute were recognized on Friday, June 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wally Choice Community Center, 49 Maple Ave. in Montclair.
Fifteen youth, ages 14 – 18, completed CDI’s ten-week course to become better prepared for the work world. They learned about entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, résumé writing, dressing for success, business plan writing, and more. Each session ended with a guest speaker who shared the journey of their chosen career path and its challenges, including Dr. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Montclair Schools, Detective Kim Nelson, Councilwoman Rene Baskerville, Mr. Maurice Brown, Director, Department of Community Action, author Valerie Wesley, and more.
Meanwhile, ten students completed the Culinary Career Institute program conducted by B. London. They learned how to make healthy snacks and the basics of kitchen safety. Montclair High School teacher Mr. Kevin Richberg taught them the business side of running a restaurant, including how to market a business, write a business plan, and negotiate a contract.