Pathways: VESL Institutional Food Service

The purpose of this 10-week training is to introduce non-native English speakers to entry-level jobs in the food service industry. The classroom activity will be accompanied by a hands-on unpaid work experience in a food service environment 9-12 hours per week. Students will be placed in hospitals, schools, nursing/retirement homes and other institutional settings where there are likely to be eventual job openings. Students will be introduced to the variety of opportunities available in this industry as well as the necessary skills needed to access these types of jobs. Students will receive information regarding workplace communication, safety procedures, customer service, kitchen organization, food handler’s cards, and career planning skills.

Additionally, there will be an intensive job development component to assist participants with their individual employment needs.

Students will be selected for the training through an interview and screening assessment process to determine English proficiency and employability.

Conveniently located:
Portland Community College
Classes start soon:
Winter term begins January 6, 2014.
Learn more:
Call 971-722-6218 or email here.

Recruitment Sessions

The next training is Winter term 2014 and runs from January 2014 to March 2014 ; Job Search available through May 2014. Interested applicants must attend one of the following information sessions:

PCC Southeast Center, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97216

Parking permits required and cost $5.00 per day







Portland Metro Workforce Training Center, 5600 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97218
Mt. Hood Community College—Maywood Park Campus, 10100 NE Prescott, Portland, OR 97220
(No current recruitments scheduled here)
PCC Willow Creek Center, 241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton, OR 97006
(No current recruitments scheduled here)


Cost of Training: $2320.00

Students are encouraged to register with One-Stop locations, DWP/WIA or NAFTA/TRA.

Totals for Tuition and Books: 
DWP and One Stop participants in Multnomah and Washington Counties  $2,320 (Additional Costs including Food Handlers card and parking not included in tuition; please refer to cost sheet)
Third party vendors should consult the third party billing page. $2,325 (Additional Costs including Food Handlers card and parking not included in tuition; please refer to cost sheet)

Classroom: 12 hours per week

  • Kitchen organization
  • Recipes and measurements
  • Cash register operation
  • Workplace communication
  • Kitchen safety
  • Knife demonstration and safety
  • Online application practice
  • Basic computer navigation

Internship: 9-12 hours per week

  • Unpaid work experience in an institutional food service environment
  • Practice skills learned in the classroom
  • Offer concurrently with classroom training

Job Search: 6-12 hours per week

  • Job search strategies and techniques
  • Individualized one-on-one assistance in job search
  • Customized cover letters and resume

What should I do next to get into the training?

  • For program information, email here or call 971-722-6218.