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Building Futures for People with Developmental Disablities

Culinary Arts Program

Adult Services

A CARF Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to St. Coletta’s of Illinois, Inc. for the following programs/services:


Community Employment Services:  Employment Supports

Community Employment Services:  Job Development

The Culinary Arts Program is a curriculum-based program that provides disabled persons with classroom and hands-on experiences that are intended to prepare participants for entry-level employment in community-based food service establishments.  The curriculum includes lectures by program staff, demonstrations, guest speakers, hands-on food service, and internships in the St. Coletta’s of Illinois Café.


The program’s classes are held three days per week for three hours.  The program’s curriculum is divided into four ten-week sessions with two-week breaks between each session.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will have acquired skills in food sanitation, hospitality service, and basic culinary skills.




  1. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

  2. Must have a documented disability that prevents competitive employment in an integrated community setting.

  3. Must be certified free of communicable diseases by an M.D.

  4. Must have a physical in place suggesting that the individual’s health will not present a health risk to self or others.

  5. Must have funding in place at the time of enrollment                   (see Referral Process).

  6. Must have an interest in program participation.

  7. Must have the skills and aptitude to benefit from the program.

  8. Must not possess behaviors that will interfere with the program or potentially present a risk to the individual or others.