left to right: Selvin L. chambers III, Executive director, Root NS, Charlie Baker, Governor of the State of Massachusetts, Jennifer Eddy, Founder and Board Chair, Root NS. 

left to right: Selvin L. chambers III, Executive director, Root NS, Charlie Baker, Governor of the State of Massachusetts, Jennifer Eddy, Founder and Board Chair, Root NS. 

SALEM MA, October 19, 2017
Root NS Inc., a non-profit culinary arts social enterprise, has been awarded a $500,000 Workforce Skills Capital Grant from the State of Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker, Education Secretary James Peyser and Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta presented the awards on October 12 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnership with industry and align curriculum and training credentials with the employment needs of businesses. "These grant awards are the outcome of private, public, and educational partners coming together to fill pressing skills gaps in the economy,” said Secretary Acosta. "By utilizing this collaborative approach, the Skills Capital Grant Program helps to ensure that the next generation of Massachusetts ...(link>)


“I can’t think of a better investment in job training for at-risk youth. There is a huge demand for trained culinary workers.  The demand is long-lasting because the public wants more restaurants and these jobs cannot be outsourced or done by robots.  Everyone trained by Root will have several job offers. Win-Win-Win.”

- Mark McDonough, CEO of Serenitee Restaurant Group, Co-founder of the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market