B.E.S.T. Employment Training Program

The Light House recognizes that to end the cycle of homelessness, people need to have sustainable employment skills that will allow them to make a living wage so they can afford permanent housing. To reach that goal the Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.) Program provides training to prepare students to work in the high demand fields of culinary arts and building trades. The two distinctive tracks prepare students by providing classroom training and a paid work experience with employers.

Employment Tracks  

Culinary Arts:  Includes all aspects of food preparation, nutrition, and catering. Class is taught between The Light House and our Light House Bistro social enterprise. The program is taught in collaboration by Light House Director of Culinary Arts, Linda Vogler, Light House Bistro General Manager, Beth Rocca, and B.E.S.T. Training leads.

Building Trades:  Includes training in basic craft skills and safety to prepare students for work in building maintenance or in the construction trades. This program is taught in collaboration between Light House, Anne Arundel Workforce Development, and Associated Builders and Contractors staff.

What do B.E.S.T. Students Get? 

  • 12 weeks of professional training and job shadowing experience in the trades or in a high volume restaurant. 
       ServSafe and TIPS Certification for Culinary Arts
       NCCER, Osha 10, CPR First Aid for Building Trades
  • Case ManagementEach student is assigned an employment advocate who will help students to better navigate life’s transitions, assist with job placement, and other services.
  • Workforce Preparation Skillsattitude, work ethic, employer expectations, interpersonal communication, time management, resume writing, interview preparation and more help students to prepare and get and keep the job.


Interested in applying for the B.E.S.T. Program?
We are currently taking applications for our next class.
>> Our next class of students will begin in mid March, 2020.

Click here to apply for our next class!   


Congratulations To Our Recent Graduates!

We are so proud of our B.E.S.T. graduates and congratulate them on their incredible accomplishments!