Sunflower Bakery Celebrates Graduates From Its Pastry Arts and Employment Training Programs

Written by Daphna Raskas on . Posted in Community News

On Sunday April 29, Sunflower Bakery celebrated the graduation of 15 students from the Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts and Café Sunflower Employment Training Programs, and honored Laurie Wexler with the Sunflower Bakery Leadership Award, Dottie Bennett with the Community Vision Award, Jason Salamon with the Trusted Advisor Award, and Sarah Dwyer with the Employer Partner award.

Sunflower Bakery’s intensive Pastry Arts Employment Training Program prepares young adults with learning differences for employment in bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, and catering companies. The program includes 240 hours of instruction, 160 hours of on-the-job training, and a 160-hour paid internship in Sunflower’s production kitchen.

Café Sunflower’s nine-month employment training program provides its students with job training and work experience. The goal of the program is to prepare young adults with learning differences for jobs working in “front of the house” environments.

Over 320 people attended the event at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, where County Executive Isiah Leggett presented Laurie Wexler with a proclamation and each of the graduates with certificates.

By Daphna Raskas