Now Recruiting for the Next Group of Students for Culinary and Horticultural Careers

County College of Morris (CCM) recently celebrated the latest graduates from its Culinary Opportunity (COP) and Horticultural Opportunity (HOP) programs, as it also has begun recruiting for the next class to take part in the training sessions for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Group of students in chef uniforms holding diplomas.

(l-r) (back row) CCM Lab Coordinator Emily Guderian, Emile LaFargue, CCM Department Chair Mark Cosgrove, Jordan Walther, (front row) Rohan Nagaraja, Dylan Acree, Veronique Coulibaly, Aidyn Sanchez and Rebecca Rosenberg

COP prepares students for entry-level positions in food production or packaging in a grocery, supermarket, convenience store, food market or restaurant. Students in the program also obtain Serv-Safe certification and are provided with resume preparation and interviewing skills, along with the opportunity to meet potential employers.

Students in HOP gain hands-on experience in horticultural practices ranging from greenhouse production to landscape maintenance to floriculture. Students learn about the safe use of tools, soil preparation and seeding, transplanting techniques, car­ing for houseplants and more. As with the COP program, students learn how to put together a resume and interviewing skills and have the opportunity to meet with potential employers.

On December 16, the college held a ceremony to honor the graduates from the Fall 2022 Semester COP and HOP programs.

COP graduates from this Fall Semester are Dylan Acree of Boonton, Veronique Coulibaly of Parsippany, Emile LaFargue of West Orange, Rohan Nagaraja of Summit, Matthew Rausch of Andover, Rebecca Rosenberg of Livingston, Aidyn Sanchez of Morristown, and Jordan Walther of Great Meadows.

Group of students holding diplomas

(l-r) Jamaal Theodore, Ryan Lynch, Julian Sanchez, Kathrine Padormo, Peter Bloom and Leon Moss-McNair

HOP graduates from the Fall Semester are Peter Bloom of Rockaway, Ryan Lynch of Rockaway, Leon Moss-McNair of Irvington,

Kathrine Padormo of Rockaway, Julian Sanchez of Boonton, and Jamaal Theodore of Flanders.

Speaking to the graduates, Irena Kaler, Director of Workforce Development & Community Partnerships, commended them for their hard work, determination and positive attitudes, saying, “Here at CCM, celebrating these great students, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.”

Both programs are limited to eight students to provide for individualized and extensive hands-on training. For more information on COP, visit and for HOP, go to