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New program teaches culinary skills to blind and visually impaired

"You're basically only limited by your work ethic and what you want to make of it."

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Justin Purvis has been slowly losing his eyesight since he was 14 years old. An aspiring chef, a degenerative eye disease threatened to put his dreams on hold.

However, a new culinary program is helping those like Purvis deal with their vision loss.

The course is funded by the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, along with recruiting company Workforce Solutions.

"Once we get done here, I am very excited about getting right to work," Purvis said. "Whatever site we get an opportunity to get, I want to take it and build it up as much as possible, as big as we can."

The program offers those enrolled the opportunity to earn college credit, while also teaching them the skills necessary to become an entrepreneur.

For Cramer Schneider, the program is more about learning important life skills. Schneider comes from a family of entrepreneurs and hopes to own his own restaurant someday.

"You're basically only limited by your work ethic and what you want to make of it," Schneider said.