La Cocina VA
On December of 2013 the IRS approves La Cocina VA nonprofit status and provides a 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt authorization to start raising funds to support the launch of the programs.
In 2018, more than 100 students graduated from our programs and received industry certifications. We have obtained 85% job placement for graduates and 78% retention rate after one year of placement. The average hourly rate obtained is $14.30 to $21.00. Previously employed obtain an average 34% wage increase. More than 50 employer partners hire our graduates. 100% of graduates said they were able to improve financial habits after training, 60% follow a monthly budget, and 20% are able to save money after six months of employment. 33% of graduates have been able to reduce debt.during 2018 the students of the culinary training program have prepared more than 12,000 healthy meals that have been donated to other neighbors in need.