Bank of America grants $100,000 to the Kitchen at Reynolds college

The Kitchen at Reynolds
The Kitchen at Reynolds(Sargeant Reynolds Community College)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:33 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:36 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Kitchen at Reynolds is receiving $100,000 from Bank of America to provide job training in culinary arts and connect the community with academic and workforce programs offered by the college.

“The Kitchens at Reynolds is about so much more than a new facility, as impressive as it is,” said Victor Branch, President of Bank of America Richmond. “We’re impassioned about helping Reynolds lower the barriers to workforce training and higher education that have hampered East End neighborhoods too long. The training and education this grant will help Reynolds provide are foundational to jobs that pay well and help families not just get by, but plan and save for the future.”

This investment seeks to help fill the demand of restaurant workers and foster equity in the Richmond area.

“Bank of America is bolstering our ability to provide advising, financial aid, enrollment and retention support that will help individuals start and complete our programs,” said Dr. Paula Pando, President of Reynolds Community College.

Part of J. Sargeant Reynolds community college, the Kitchen at Reynolds host the college’s culinary arts, hospitality and entrepreneurship programs as wells as 100 academic and workforce programs.

“The timing of this grant is especially impactful. Communities of color and families with low incomes have shouldered a disproportionate burden of personal and economic loss brought on by the pandemic. We have an opportunity to help change that. Our recovery will only be successful if it represents the entirety of our region,” Dr. Pando said.

The kitchen opened in July of 2020 and offered hybrid learning to students last year.

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