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The Arc of the Bay Receives Grant for Culinary Training—Grand Opening Scheduled in April

April 25, 2019


PANAMA CITY, FL – The Arc of the Bay is hosting a Grand Opening for its certified culinary program on April 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm at its Lynn Haven facility.   


CareerSource Gulf Coast has received a grant to partner with The Arc of the Bay that will employ a professional chef and staff to train and certify able-working adults with disabilities. In partnership with CareerSource Gulf Coast, The Arc aims to serve an underserved population, providing the necessary training they need to obtain employment within the restaurant industry.


“This program has been a long time dream of mine,” said Ron Sharpe, Executive Director for the Arc of the Bay. “Many of the individuals we serve long for a sense of independence and want to contribute to society. At the same time, our food industry is always looking for skilled, trained workers.  This program is a win-win for our clients and our local businesses.” 


 “We are excited to partner with the Arc of the Bay on this program, they do such phenomenal work with their clients and families” said Kim Bodine, Executive Director for CareerSource Gulf Coast. “This partnership unifies what The Arc of the Bay and CareerSource Gulf Coast do as individual organizations. Together, we will help a population overcome barriers to employment while supporting area restaurants.” 


Through this program, students will learn the skills necessary to operate both “front and back of house” duties within a restaurant setting. Along with training, they will complete the program with a ServSafe certification—an industry-recognized credential which will assist them in obtaining and retaining employment in the restaurant industry. Job developers will guide students throughout the program, providing hands-on assistance during on-the-job training.


The community is invited to join The Arc of the Bay and CareerSource Gulf Coast on April 25 for the Grand Opening.



The Arc of the Bay is a non-profit agency that provides support and opportunities for adults with disabilities. To learn more about The Arc and the services it provides, visit


CareerSource Gulf Coast is a non-profit organization that provides free employment services to both employers and job seekers. For a detailed list of our offerings, visit or connect with us on social media via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



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