Career Plus

Career and Life Training

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Development Workshop Participants

Graduates- Culinary/Warehouse/Retail

Career Plus is a Career and Life Development program that helps unemployed and underemployed individuals increase their value in the job market. The key to the student’s overall success, and what makes this program unique to other workforce development programs, is this added: “plus”.

All students are supported from beginning to end: including everything from life development training, to wrap-around support during their time in our program, to following them after graduation to ensure their lasting success.

What to Expect

Plus Program

During this 5-week life development course students will take part in corporate-level certificate programs, and will also receive instruction in character development so they have the ability to advance the personal qualities needed to succeed in any career they pursue.

  • 5-week course
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Conflict Resolution Accountability in the Workplace
  • Character Development
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Communication Strategies
  • Job Readiness

*All students will attend the Plus program before entering a Career Track

Culinary Training

Warehouse Logistics

Retail Training

Culinary Arts

The culinary program includes (2) five-week courses. Culinary 101 is focused on learning the foundation for basic knife skills, cooking techniques, commercial kitchen equipment knowledge & proper Mise En Place”. Culinary 202 is geared for those who want more culinary knowledge with a greater focus on becoming a leader in the kitchen or food service establishment, at a supervisory level and beyond.

What to expect –

    • Lead instructor is GAP Executive Chef John Hohn, a previous winner of the Iron Chef Tucson, with over 25 years of experience in some of Tucson’s finest restaurants & resorts

    • This is a 40-hour-a-week boot camp that gives students a head start in the culinary field

    • Training includes ServeSafe certification, a nationally recognized health certification

    • Learning takes place in an environment that is safe and promotes teamwork and success in every student

    • Students will be assisted in finding placement in local restaurants – past graduates are working at high-end establishments like Wildflower, Miraval, Sands Club at the U of A, Bisbee Breakfast Club, Charro Restaurants, and others

      Warehouse Logistics

      The Community Warehouse is now offering training for those interested in a career in logistics and warehouse work. In today’s consumer environment, knowing what it takes to run a well-organized and efficient warehouse can mean a good-paying career with benefits. While learning viable skills, students will be rewarded by seeing how their work benefits struggling families right here in our community.

      What to expect-

      • 300 hours of diverse warehouse training.
      • Warehouse setup and flow – cash register, customer service, merchandising shelves, pricing, managing roles in a warehouse, employee protocol
      • Forklift and pallet jack training and certification
      • CPR/AED and first aid training.
      • Box Truck driver training and safety.
      • Workplace conflict and critical thinking skills.
      • Community outreach and social networking
      • Career placement assistance

        Retail Associates

        Gap Ministries’ retail program is a 10-week course that develops participants in the understanding of the fundamental skills needed to be successful in the retail industry. Using a blend of on-the-floor experience mixed with certification training developed by the NRF (National Retail Federation), our students will have an advantage in the retail job market. This certification is nationally recognized by major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Nordstrom, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Kroger, and many more.

        What to expect – 

        • 300 hours of real-time retail experience.
        • Hardline and Softline merchandise processing. 
        • Point of sales system training.
        • Merchandise receiving and rotation.
        • Customer service and sales training.
        • Skill development that is transferable to any job in the retail sector.
        • NRF certifications in the Fundamentals of Retail and Customer Service and Sales.
        • Development of life management skills 
        • Assistance in job placement.

        Future Career Opportunities

        We are constantly talking with community employers and leaders who have a heart for career and personal development. There is an urgent need for quality employees in many industries right now, and the Career Plus programs will not only help fill the workforce “gap”, but keep it moving forward.

        As more career opportunities arise, we will add them to the Career Plus page.

          Auto Tech

          The Auto Tech training program is currently on hold. MPG Tire & Auto has been sold and will no longer be participating in the program. GAP Ministries is grateful to MPG for their partnership in 2021 and for the students they graduated who have gone on to careers in the field. We are working on a new partnership to continue this very valuable auto tech training.

          Ready to Start the Process?

          Fill out the application online or print it and return it to:

          Matthew McPheron, Career Plus Administrator

          GAP Ministries
          2025 W. Highway Dr.
          Tucson, AZ 85750


          For More Information on Career Training Programs

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 | 520-704-4664

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