Scavello’s partners with Monroe College Culinary

Scavello’s on the Island.
Community News Group / Patrick Rocchio

A new City Island restaurant is offering a unique opportunity for employees.

Scavello’s on the Island, a recently opened restaurant and banquet hall, has partnered with Monroe College to offer a 20 percent discount on tuition for employees who enroll in Monroe’s culinary or hospitality programs.

Monroe College offers associate degrees in baking and pastry, culinary arts, and hospitality management, as well as bachelor and masters degrees in hospitality at its New Rochelle location.

The program is known for its Dining Lab, an on-campus restaurant that provides real world experience.

“It’s a great program,” said Paul Scavello, owner of the restaurant.

He describes the restaurant’s partnership with the college as a win-win.

“It’s great for the community and it’s great for us,” he said.

Offering stellar service is an important part of the restaurant’s mission, said Scavello, and attracting committed employees helps them do just that.

“You’re actually hiring people in this field, and they want to be in the industry,” said Scavello.

But the partnership, which allows Scavello’s to recruit Monroe students for jobs, also offers those students an opportunity to gain relevant working experience while earning money.

“It’s a stepping stone for their career,” said Scavello.

And the tuition discount will help employees save a significant amount of money on schooling over the years.

“It’s a huge advantage for students,” said Scavello.

Scavello said he’s committed to providing opportunities for locals not only through the partnership with Monroe, which will be expanded to include an internship program, but by recruiting through Bronx HIRE, Senator Jeff Klein’s job training and matching initiative.

Scavello’s currently employs about 25 people, two of which are Monroe students, but Scavello hopes that number will grow to 100 by the end of the year.

“It’s all about creating jobs,” said Scavello. “That’s something we’re really proud of.”

Reach Reporter Jaime Williams at 718-260-4591. E-mail her at jwilliams@cnglocal.com.

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