Air Force veteran Floyd Palmer of Washington, left, and Kyle Wronsky of Rockville, Md., work on chocolate chip cookies and a cake, respectively, in the kitchen at Dog Tag Bakery in Washington on Thursday. (J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post)
With cold rain drumming down from drab skies one recent afternoon, a light-filled classroom above the warmth of Georgetown’s Dog Tag Bakery was not a bad place to be.
For three years, the bakery has hosted the Dog Tag Inc. fellowship program, a five-month-long professional development course designed to prepare military veterans for the transition into the civilian workforce.
The veterans scoop cookies and make coffee, learn knife skills and proper food-handling techniques. But they also get trained in skills like cost analysis, fundraising, marketing and product development, with the aim of equipping the fellows with all the necessary skills and know-how to succeed in the private and nonprofit sectors, said Meghan …