Cooking up a career: Students graduate from 126th Cincinnati Cooks program for culinary jobs

CINCINNATI - On Feb. 28, Marika Matthews graduates from Cincinnati Cooks.The free, 10-week program from Freestore Foodbank is designed to help students improve their lives through food.

Matthews, 39, was laid off from her IT job in 2010. At that point, she decided to attend the University of Phoenix for health information management, a program that allowed her to take classes online and meet with her instructor once per week.

The single mother of four had trouble finding a job. She felt ashamed because her oldest daughter had two jobs and was helping support the family. Raised to be independent, Matthews said she didn’t want to accept the fact that she needed help.

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