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An automotive service technology student works on a car at the Community College of Philadelphia Thursday. The Labor Department releases employment data for October on Friday.

"After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper. "And I enjoyed cooking my baked goods, so I figured that I should expand and let other people taste them and see what they think."

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PHILADELPHIA, November 6, 2014—Community College of Philadelphia has developed an innovative noncredit  course to serve the food truck and food cart industry and widen the path to possibilities for their own culinary art graduates eying entrepreneurship.
 
The noncredit Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship program, which began in Fall 2014, is among the first of its kind offered by an accredited institution of higher education. Courses currently available tend to be geared more toward established mobile food industry professionals seeking lucrative second careers. This program reveals the industry stars’ secrets of success to ordinary people seeking to build a better future upon mom’s apple pie or Aunt Eloise’s macaroni. “If you are ambitious and motivated, your background doesn’t matter in this industry,” says Waverly Coleman, executive director of Corporate Solutions.
 
The workshops are divided into three sections, each offering one three-hour class on a Wednesday evening for six consecutive weeks. Throughout the workshops, established food truck owners, including five who graduated from Community College of Philadelphia, bring along mobile food trucks and share their tough lessons learned through experience. In addition, the classes provide an overview of business regulation and licensing, free resources, financing, social media and branding, and the dos-and-don’ts. The next section starts November 12. That course will cover design, cost and budgeting for a mobile food unit; marketing a food truck or food cart through social media and website management; and fostering solid community relations. Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, which is offered through the College’s Corporate Solutions unit. Class sections are designed so they can be taken in any order.
 
Registration for each section is $249. Register online today! For more information, send us an email or call 215-496-6158.

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