Adult Workers Sharpen Culinary Skills in Former Home of Progress Place

Culinary program moves into downtown Silver Spring


Culinary students and staff in the Service workers Training and Education Partnership program are joined by Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker and WPC President Charlie Nulsen.

Via Washington Property Company

A nonprofit culinary training program has taken up residence inside the former home of Progress Place in downtown Silver Spring.

The program, offered by Service workers Training and Education Partnership, helps adult workers develop their career skills, according to a press release.

The culinary classes are sharing the building at 8210 Colonial Lane with 411 Art Associates, a group of professional artists, and the construction company LendLease. Washington Property Co. owns the building.

“The STEP culinary training program represents a creative use of WPC’s former Progress Place facility, providing tangible benefits to hard-working members of our community and to our thriving local restaurant industry,” County Council member Tom Hucker, who represents Silver Spring, said in a press release.

The Montgomery County government in 2015 chose Washington Property to build a new home for Progress Place, a facility that provides meals, social services, medical support and other services for the county's low-income and homeless residents. The new Progress Place center at 8106 Georgia Ave. opened in December 2016.

The labor union UNITE HERE runs the culinary program, which offers classes for free to union members, the release stated. The classes aren't open to non-union members.

UNITE HERE represents industry workers across the United States and Canada and runs a local branch.

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