Hot Bread Kitchen’s Career and Bridge Programs

Food Career Program

Gain skills and confidence in and out of the kitchen to prepare you for a career in the food industry.

  • Time commitment: About 25-30 hours per week for 1.5 months 
  • Possible jobs include: baker, prep cook, cashier, food service worker, and pastry assistant
  • Average starting wage: $15/hour

Next cohort starts January 2022!

Facility Management (FM) Program

In partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), this new program is a 4-month training course to prepare you for a job in the fast-growing field of facility management.

  • Time commitment: About 15-20 hours per week for 4 months
  • Possible jobs include: maintenance, custodial/janitorial worker, concierge/customer service, office assistant, purchasing coordinator, facilities assistant 
  • Average starting wage: $16+/hour

English Language

In partnership with LaGuardia Community College, this 8-week program will improve your reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills.

  • Time commitment: 8 weeks of classes, 2 days per week for 1.5 hours
  • Where: Classes meet online (via Zoom)
  • What you’ll learn: new vocabulary, practice speaking in a supportive environment, and build confidence in everyday conversations.

Fall/Winter 2021 dates

  • November 1—December 20, 2021
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm

Digital Skills

During this course you will gain knowledge and confidence in using your computer. The skills you’ll gain during this 10-week program will be invaluable as you move through our increasingly online world.

  • Time commitment: 10 weeks of classes, 2 days per week for 2 hours + drop-in office hours
  • Where: Classes meet online (via Zoom)
  • What you’ll learn: computer basics and how to utilize Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Gmail)

Fall/Winter 2021 dates

  • November 8th, 2021—January 31st, 2022 (excluding 12/27, 1/3, 1/17)
  • Mondays from 3-5pm
  • Thursdays from 2pm-3pm
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Idiom of the Week: “A Blessing in Disguise”

Meaning: A blessing in disguise is something that seems to be bad but actually there is a positive result.

Examples:

I wasn’t accepted to my first choice school, but it was a blessing in disguise because another school accepted me and that’s where I met my wife.

Having a baby in high school was a blessing in disguise since it turned his life in a positive direction by making him realize he had to grow up himself.

Sometimes we don’t see a blessing in disguise right away – it could be years before we see the blessing.

Pop Quiz:

Which of these sounds like a blessing in disguise?

a. I had no money, then won the lottery.

b. When I tripped and fell on the street, I hurt myself but found $100.

c. I failed my test, but my mom still bought me ice cream.

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Idiom of the Week: “Cutting Corners”

Meaning:

Cutting corners is to take the fastest way to finish something in order to do less work, however the result is also lesser.

Examples:

Copying other students’ homework is just cutting corners – you may fool the teacher but you won’t learn.

The big assignment was due Thursday morning and Wednesday he hadn’t started, so he cut corners to finish.

Cutting corners will only get you so far – eventually you will be passed over by those who work harder.

Pop Quiz:

True or False? When you cut corners, you…

1. Work as hard as you can

2. Leave out details

3. Finish quickly

4. Do the best job possible

5. Will always succeed

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Acronyms

An acronym is a group of letters that stand for a phrase (each letter stands for a word).

For example, U.S. is an acronym for United States.

Here are some more common acronyms and examples of how we use them:

  1. RSVP – Répondez S’il Vous Plaît (please reply)
    • Remember to RSVP for the party by Friday. Billy needs to know how many people will be there.
  2. ASAP – As Soon as Possible
    • Your car is parked illegally. You should move it ASAP to avoid getting a ticket.
  3. TBA – To be Announced
    • The date for the first day of class is TBA but will be sometime in September.
  4. N/A – Not Applicable
    • This section about kids is N/A – You don’t have to fill it out since you don’t have kids.
  5. AKA – Also Known As
    • I love New York, AKA the Big Apple.
  6. DOB – Date of Birth
    • What is your D.O.B.?
  7. ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
    • The ETA of my package to my home is 7 days. It should arrive by then.
  8. BC/AD – Before Christ/Anno Domini (in the year of the lord)
    • The Punic Wars took place from 264-146 BC.
  9. RIP – Rest in Peace
    • RIP to my grandfather who was a great man.
  10. AM/PM – ante merīdiem (before midday)/post merīdiem (after midday)
    • Is your flight at 8 o’clock AM or PM?

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HSE Class Finishes with Success!

Not everyone has the chance to finish high school in the United States or in their country. For students looking for the option to later enroll in college or just want to strengthen their resume, HSE (High School Equivalency) is a good option.

Led by our amazing counselor, Chris, HSE students worked hard this summer and finished up their class this week having learned a lot. Specifically, they improved their reading, writing and math skills through the content areas of science, social studies and literature.

We wish all of our students good luck and can’t wait to see what their next move will be.

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Singular subjects take singular verbs and plural subjects take plural verbs.

Here are some common errors:

1. There are two or more subjects, so you think the verb needs to be plural.

2. There is more than one noun before the verb, so you make the verb agree with the wrong one.

3. There is a pronoun in the sentence that makes it confusing whether to use a singular or plural verb.

Examples:

1. The cat and dog are friends.

Cat and dog are singular, but together they form a plural subject.

2. The keys in the door are stuck.

Door is a singular noun, but is not the subject.

3. Any of them is fine for use in the rain.

Any refers to just one object in a bunch.

Try It:

1. Friday and Saturday ____ my favorite days of the week.

a. is

b. are

2. The library with many computers ____ a good place to study.

a. is

b. are

3. Communities with a park ____ important to have.

a. is

b. are

4. I will take whichever bus ____ first.

a. come

b. comes

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COVID Vaccine & Healthcare Resources in English and Spanish

We invited Sunnyside Community Services to conduct workshops on COVID-19 Vaccination and low-and-no-cost healthcare in English and Spanish. Here are the resources they shared with us.

FIND A VACCINE SITE NEAR YOU / ENCUENTRE UN LUGAR DE VACUNAS CERCA DE USTED

Please click on your borough below (please note that some sites are walk-in and others are appointment based): / Haga clic en a continuación (tenga en cuenta que algunos sitios son accesibles sin cita previa, otros se basan en citas):

Bronx 

Brooklyn 

Manhattan 

Queens 

Staten Island 

STAY UP TO DATE / MANTÉNGASE INFORMADX  

You can also visit the NYC Vaccine Command Center for more information regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. / Visite el Centro de Comando de Vacunas de la Ciudad de Nueva York para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 y las vacunas.  

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