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2023-24 Teen Exposure Program dates and application now available
Sunflower works closely with educators, therapists, disability providers and others to identify young adults interested in training for careers in the food service industry.
Our industry-driven employment training programs prepare young adults with the hard and soft skills needed to succeed.
Our graduates begin a guided/supported employment search process to secure and maintain employment utilizing their newly acquired and practiced skills.
Sunflower employment training combines formal instruction with on-the-job training in our Pastry Arts and Hospitality programs. Both programs are 26 weeks in length and include employee preparation and safe food handling through ServSafe training.
Sunflower is focused on skilled training and connecting our students and graduates with employment opportunities. Sunflower is the only program in Maryland that trains young adults with learning differences for job success in pastry arts, baking and related food industries.
Sunflower partners with local state agencies in Maryland and the District of Columbia, which allows for referrals as a Community Rehabilitation Partner. This partnership allows for referrals and financial support for Sunflower’s workforce development training programs.
Sunflower Bakery is currently approved as a Community Rehabilitation Partner (CRP) with DORS for employment services for its Pastry Arts and Hospitality programs and pre-employment training for its STEP (Sunflower Teen Exposure Program) as well for Job Coaching services. For prospective students who live in Maryland, please contact your DORS regional office.
Sunflower Bakery is currently a DC RSA provider for employment services for its Pastry Arts and Hospitality programs. For prospective students who live in Washington, DC, please contact RSA within the Department of Disability Services.