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24 Jun

We are so thrilled to announce the appointment of two highly qualified individuals into critical positions at NECAT. Please join us in welcoming Edward and Paul to our Culinary Arts Job Training Program!

Edward McClendon, Career Services Director

Edward has had a successful career in workforce development in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City working with disadvantaged adults and youths. Prior to joining NECAT Edward worked at Pine Street Inn IMPACT Employment Services helping homeless individuals find employment opportunities. While at Pine Street he was the chairperson for the 1st the Boston Employment Networks Career Fair. As part of Mayor Walsh’s commitment to end homelessness in Boston, this was the first Career Fair for only homeless individuals in the city. He also participated in the Re-Entry CORI roundtable meetings to discuss best practices for employment for returning citizens. Edward received his Bachelors Degree from Trenton State College in NJ and  was a member of their  Football and Wrestling programs.

Edward will be responsible for growing NECAT’s network of employer partners, teaching students job readiness and job search skills and ensuring that each graduate can find a job well aligned with their skills, interests and needs. He will also be helping us to measure our long-term impact and, later this year, launching an Alumni Association.

Chef Paul O’Connell, Culinary Director

Paul has had a long and highly celebrated career working in some of our city’s best restaurants. After earning his culinary degree at Johnson and Whales, Paul started his career at Olives Restaurant, working alongside Todd English. He later opened Providence Restaurant in Brookline and Chez Henri in Cambridge. Paul was the Chef/Owner of Chez Henri for 19 years before deciding that teaching was a real passion of his. After selling his restaurant, Paul taught at Le Cordon Bleu for two years. When the school recently announced that it was closing, he was thrilled for the opportunity to utilize all his talents at NECAT.

Paul will be managing our team of culinary instructors, refining our curriculum, overseeing NECAT’s catering and event rental business, and mentoring students.