GTCC’S POWER (Providing Opportunities for Workforce Education Review) Program classes help adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities improve their reading, math, computer, and job readiness skills with a goal of helping students obtain employment or enter post-secondary education. POWER Pathways courses give these students the skills to find meaningful career or volunteer opportunities, promoting self-sufficiency.

Our first POWER Pathway Program, Food Service, began Spring 2019.

There is a registration fee of $133 for the Food Service Program and limited scholarships for those able to demonstrate financial need are available.

Download the application packet and complete the applications (pages 3-6). Applicants should address their application via email to Eduardo Garcia, director of Transition programs, at

If you are in need of a scholarship to cover the cost of this program, please download a scholarship application [PDF].

Students must complete a POWER Pathways program application and schedule an individual appointment for an interview and a CASAS or TABE assessment to be admitted to GTCC’s POWER Pathways program. Prospective students must score at least the third-grade reading and math level on a CASAS or TABE assessment to be admitted to the program.  

For more information about the Power Pathways program, please complete our information form.

Important Dates for Fall 2021:

  • Aug. 20: Application packets and scholarship applications due
  • Sept. 8: Orientation for students and caregivers
  • Sept. 13: Classes start
  • Dec. 15: Classes end/graduation

The Food Service Program prepares students to work or volunteer in the Culinary and Food Supply Industry. Topics covered include:

  • Principles of Basic Cookery
  • Basic Menu and Recipe Planning
  • Intro To Basic Baking
  • Basic Knife Skills
  • Cooking Methods and Techniques

Food Service program students will have the opportunity to take the SERVSafe Food Handlers certification exam to earn an industry-recognized credential.

Career Development instruction is included in all POWER Pathway courses to help with:

  • Employment strategies, such as resume preparation and interviewing techniques
  • Goal setting and career pathway development

Students will also have instruction in soft skills needed to retain employment.

Daily schedule: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday

Learn more about the POWER program.