February 2018, Part II
Black History Month & The Power Of Retail & Restaurant Jobs. In a recent radio interview regarding Black History Month, Path Forward Senior Advisors Broderick Johnson and Robert Doar discussed how restaurants and retail businesses are critical components to the declining African American unemployment rates seen over the past eight years. Johnson, Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, emphasized how service sector jobs not only teach critical skills, but also strengthen communities. “The service industry is such an important place for many of those young people to get their first start,” he said. “It’s going to be very important that young people see jobs in those industries as jobs involving innovation and using technology.”
NRAEF Chairman On Empowering Service Industry Youth. On February 13, the Las Vegas Review-Journal profiled Metro Pizza co-founder and National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) chairman Sam Facchini. Raised in a three-generation pizza-making family, at age 24 Facchini started what has grown into Metro Pizza and Lulu’s Bread and Breakfast. With years of experience in offering scholarship programs and mentoring Las Vegas youth, Facchini understands the importance of service industry education and training efforts. “I get to see how committed the teachers are. I also get to see students who have their sights set on a career…It’s about our investment in the future,” he said.
Kroger Co. Cultivates Culinary Talent With High-Tech Kitchen. Last week, WCPO-TV highlighted a new Culinary Innovation Center that was recently unveiled by Kroger Co. in Cincinnati. Seating up to 50 people for live and recorded cooking classes, the high-tech kitchen showcases recipes that will be deployed in Kroger delis, meal kits and in-store bistros. WCPO-TV reports that the supermarket operator has built a “small army of chefs” over the last few years, including five chefs with more than 70 years of combined restaurant experience, all of whom are supervised by 29-year Kroger veteran and senior director of culinary development Teri Rose.
Walmart Unveils New Training Academy In California. On February 15, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the opening of Walmart’s new training academy in Poway, California. The facility is part of the retailer’s Pathways program, which provides in-store skills training for employees at all levels. Each week, a new group of 90 employees from around the county attend daily training sessions and, depending on their department, participate in hands-on training for up to five more weeks. 60 Poway graduates recently received their curriculum completion certificates in a formal graduation ceremony. “It was very emotional when I first started walking down the aisle,” said Gladys “Gee Gee” Chavez, a department manager who has been with Walmart since 2005.
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