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PLEASE VOTE FOR CCSC! Throughout September, SHARE Charlotte will be highlighting CCSC and other nonprofits who work to provide support and resources for individuals who are incarcerated, in the process of restoration, or who are reentering into society. In addition to presenting these stories, the Amy and Brian France Foundation is giving away $5K each month to one of the spotlighted organizations, and you can help! Please click on the picture above and VOTE FOR CCSC to win the $5K in September. Thank you very much! Click here to read more about all the featured organizations.

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Hello CCSC Friends and Family,

As we move forward, CCSC will continue to do what’s in the best interest of our students, alumni, staff and supporters regarding Covid protocol. We are open for lunch: To-Go and curbside service only. Please try our delicious lunches and baked goods.

Thank You for your continued support of the CCSC Mission and Training program.

Culinary Blessings for All – Chef Ron


Our Café is open for TAKEOUT ONLY, offering curbside service, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday. We want to serve you, so call us at 704-375-4500 to place your order.

Fried Chicken Sammie

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CCSC Workforce Development Training  – increasing upward mobility through stable employment

Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) is a non-profit organization that provides workforce training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for adults who face barriers to successful employment.

998 graduates since 1997

“Serving More Than An Appetite”



Founded in 1997, Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) provides Workforce Development training and job placement assistance for adults who face barriers gaining and maintaining successful employment. Our training provides a solution to achieve social and economic objectives – breaking the cycle of poverty while increasing upward mobility of disadvantaged groups. We do more than hand someone a fish – we teach students how to clean, cook and sell fish!

CCSC’s holistic program addresses the whole person – mind and body. CCSC is the only workforce program in Mecklenburg County incorporating Culinary Arts, Job-Readiness skills, and Life Counseling into its curriculum. Having a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor on staff is a powerful tool that contributes to our recovering students’ successful transitions.

Encore Catering, a division of CCSC, and our Café serve dual purposes: to give training and experience to our students/alumni and to generate revenue for the School’s Workforce program. CCSC also offers Chef’s Table dining, Team Building activities and public cooking classes.

By graduation, CCSC’s objective is that students have living wage jobs with career potential, and that our training provided each student with the skills, tools, mind-set and opportunity to thrive.

CCSC has been providing Workforce Development Training for over 22 years, with 998 graduates to date! We hope you will stop by to meet our students, enjoy a meal in our Café, and see Workforce Development in action.

Alumni Chef Willie prepares meals to help CCSC’s students and alumni through this difficult time.

– Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director

Chef Ron, with Class 62, was honored by the CRVA’s Outstanding Ambassador award 2019

Encore Catering gives students and alumni real work experience and a paycheck.