Originally from Puerto Rico, where most of his family lives, Jose came to Job Corps in March 2018. Jose worked hard in academics, his Culinary Arts trade and his Leisure Time Employment. He graduated at the end of May after completing Culinary and receiving his high school diploma.
“From day one I knew that Jose Colon Cortes would be up for the challenge of working in the culinary field. Jose’s work ethic and willingness to learn are outstanding!” said Chef Todd Zingales, Jose’s instructor. “When other students needed direction, I would often find Jose cleaning or fixing something in the kitchen or café. Never once did I need to ask Jose to do these jobs, he just knew that they needed to get done.”
Jose had a few different plans set up while preparing to leave Job Corps. Chef Zingales connected Jose with 1652 Restaurant in York, MN as another option. Jose worked with his Career Transition Services worker to get an interview at the restaurant, and the manager than asked Jose to come back to job shadow. After the job shadow, both Jose and the manager knew it was the right place for him. Unfortunately, Jose had no family or friends near York so housing was going to be an issue. After expressing the concerns to the restaurant and knowing how hard working and committed Jose is, the manager took it into their own hands to help Jose with housing.
Jose not only landed the full-time job, but he also was able to set up a housing plan. Jose is very excited about this opportunity to learn and grow with 1652 Restaurant. Great job, Jose!