US CULINARY PROGRAM
12-WEEK ACCREDITED CULINARY PROGRAM
Cultivate Talent, Find Purpose, Live Confidently
Through classwork, daily lectures and hands-on training, students learn culinary techniques and essential life and teamwork skills. Upon graduation, each student will be certified to work in an entry-level position in any food service establishment in the country. We also partner with other local non-profits to assist with resume writing, interview preparation, and job placement.
Kitchen Introduction, Cooking
Techniques and Baking
and Quality Control
Kitchen Brigade Preparation
Maintaining a Positive Attitude
Recognizing Your Strengths
Working in a Team
To create opportunities for all who need them, all over the world, we collaborate with nonprofit partners already working to support those from vulnerable life situations in their cities. OGI assists these partners in establishing and implementing the OGI culinary training program. Working with organizations in each location, we tailor the curriculum to the local culture. OGI trains the chefs, mentors and staff to operate all three tiers of the program to prepare students for success after graduation.
We collaborate with Agape International Missions (AIM), a nonprofit that works directly with the Cambodian government to conduct raids on and arrest human traffickers. Together, we’ve provided support to four victims of human trafficking through teaching them culinary and life skills and by helping them secure job placement upon graduating.
Our partner Vision Rescue works to change the destructive mindset of “slum mentality,” the belief that you are destined to live in extreme poverty, through education, vocational training, healthcare and more. We teamed up with Vision Rescue to help strengthen their existing structures and to provide resources for their first ever Culinary Training Institute.
Teaming up with El Pozo de Vida and Sahl+Uno in Mexico, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to establish a 12-week culinary training course to help provide women ages 16 to 38 who’ve experienced sexual exploitation.
We’ve formed alliances with local non-profits and the Moldovan government to establish culinary programs in Chisinau, a regional women’s prison, as well as in rural villages outside the city. In an effort to address the overwhelming orphan population, OGI has also developed a robust Child Welfare Division to bring much needed training to government leaders and local care providers in the region.
THE UNITED STATES
Headquartered in Orange County, California, our U.S. based culinary program is enabling graduates to make positive contributions to local employers and communities across Orange County. To date, OGI has graduated 138 students, who have secured employment at restaurants, country clubs and hotels throughout the county. We have placed 76% of eligible program graduates in culinary industry positions and 77% of those graduates have maintained their positions.
Students will fill out an entrance application and demonstrate an interest
in working in the fast-paced culinary field. A student must:
- Be passionate about the Culinary Arts with a strong desire to work in the
- Be over the age of 18
- Be legally able to work in the United States
- Have at least a 5th grade English reading level
- Have at least a 6th grade level math
- Be able to lift at least 50 pounds
- Have the mobility to move freely in a kitchen environment
and stand for at least 4 hours.
Students will be required to wear a uniform and approved shoes to class.
Tuesday/Wednesday: 9am – 3pm
Thursday/Friday: 9am – 3pm
Students must complete all curriculum assignments, earn a passing grade on required exams, and maintain good overall attendance. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for placement assistance. Graduates must independently acquire their California Food Handler’s card prior to graduation.