Photo Gallery: ETA's Oates Visits the Treasure Island Job Corps Center
(March 26, 2012)
- Assistant Secretary Jane Oates (third from left) and Regional Director of Job Corps Brian Daher (right) joined some of the students in the Treasure Island Job Corps Center's advanced culinary program.
- Director of the Treasure Island Job Corps Center David Miller welcomed guests to the day's events. The center, located in San Francisco, currently has top rankings in a number of categories.
- Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice Company James D. White shares his commitment to helping Job Corps students with find employment and develop careers, including at his company's headquarters in Emeryville, Calif.
- Chef Charles Fitzgerald, one of many talented chefs working with the advanced culinary students at the Treasure Island center, briefed visitors about the garden and culinary tour, and how they fit into the Job Corps curriculum.
- White and Oates are joined by Center Director David Miller and representatives of the Treasure Island Student Government Association as they flank the entrance to the center's urban garden named after the First Lady in honor of her efforts to promote good nutrition for the nation's youth.
- The garden serves as an extended classroom for the culinary students to help them learn about growing and using fresh herbs and produce in their recipes and menus. Many students come from all over the U.S. for the advanced culinary program, some from as from as far away as American Samoa, and are unfamiliar with the garden's produce.
- The garden is also home to about a dozen hens and one vocal rooster, all of whom are crowd-pleasers for the visitors. The hens recently produced their first eggs.
- Visitors enjoy the Taste of Treasure Island Culinary Program Tour. Students prepared offerings from five of their culinary art disciplines as an example of the training they are receiving through the program. James Stokes, far left, recently completed the first Job Corps internship at the Jamba Juice headquarters.
- Students in the pastry program tempt visitors with their fresh-from-the-oven creations.
- White and Oates joined student government representatives in the center's Fine Dining facility where culinary students learn 'front of the house' skills to complement their culinary classes.
- Jamba Juice employees interviewed current culinary students for positions opening up this summer at Jamba Juice stores and for internship and mentoring opportunities at the company's headquarters. Jamba Juice's Summer Jobs + is a commitment to help youth, including Job Corps students, build their capabilities and skills and provide experience with the culinary and food service sectors.