Café UTEC was conceived as another way to expand UTEC's Workforce Development Program. In 2006, UTEC changed its program model to incorporate workforce skills and education into the center. This action was taken as a response to UTEC young adults wanting to gain more skills while still having the safe haven that they know and love. In 2013, UTEC hired Sam Putnam as our Culinary Innovator to expand our Food Service enterprise to reach additional customers and launch Café UTEC. Staff, community partners, of course all of the youth in the program are thrilled that our Café UTEC dream is now a reality!
Mill City Grows
UTEC Young Adults
Young adults currently in programming and recent UTEC graduates are the true heart of Cafe UTEC. They prepare the delicious menu items, staff the counter, water the herbs and vegetables growing right outside the door, and so much more. They also learn the business side of restaurant management as they work with senior staff on inventory management, accounting, and menu development. Come by to say hello!
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