Culinary Institute

In 2019 The Arc of the Bay took a step forward and established the Culinary Institute, in order to assist individuals with a passion for the culinary arts in working in an integrated environment, having more agency over their lives, and achieving their dreams. With a large culinary and hospitality industry in Panama City, we are uniquely suited to providing a first-class culinary education to individuals with disabilities and helping them to become working members of the local area.

About The Program

The Arc of the Bay Culinary Institute is a vocational focused Culinary Arts program, designed to train individuals with disabilities to become “restaurant ready” in order to obtain a job in the food service industry. This program includes both classroom and hands on instruction in our fully equipped commercial kitchen. Instruction is lead by Chef Jacob Fravel, a professional in the industry and alumnus of Gulf Coast State College. Additionally we receive consultation from a Culinary Advisory Board which includes Chefs from the GCSC Culinary Program as well as local business and industry professionals who have a vested interest in supporting those with disabilities, to ensure you are receiving a high quality culinary education.

The Culinary Institute's Mission

The Arc of the Bay Culinary Institute provides educational opportunity to adults with disabilities who have a passion for the culinary arts. We strive to support and advocate their inclusion in the hospitality/culinary industry in the Bay County Area, through high quality training, hands-on experience, and opportunities for gainful employment.

Term 1: Jan 4 – April 23

Graduation: April 26

Trip: April 27-30

Term 2: May 3 – Aug 20

Graduation: Aug 23

Trip: Aug 24-27

Term 3: Aug 30 – Dec 17

Graduation: Dec 20

Trip: Dec 27-30

Days Closed

January 18 – Monday – MLK Day Holiday

May 31 – Monday – Memorial Day

July 5 – Monday – Independence Day

September 6 – Monday – Labor Day

November 11 – Thursday – Veterans Day

November 25-26 – Thursday, Friday – Thanksgiving

December 24  – Friday – Christmas Eve

  • Minimum Age 18
  • High School Diploma or GED*
  • Photo Identification
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Passion for the Culinary Arts
  • Desire to pursue a career in Culinary/Hospitality Industry
  • Integrity, positive outlook, and strong work ethic

Click Here to Download the 2021 Semester Application

Face-to-face applications are available at The Arc of the Bay. We are open Mon-Fri 8AM to 4PM.