WellSpan Presents $75,000 to Costa Academy

Last night Roxanna Gapstur, the President of the WellSpan Hospital, gave Costa Academy a gift of $75,000.

Mike Ross, President of Franklin County Area Development Corp. said, “While Covid affected every industry sector, no industry sector has struggled to recruit and retain employees more than hospitality employers, particularly restaurants.  The Costa Academy mission is to educate and professionally train individuals for food service careers.   WellSpan’s support of the mission with its $75,00 contribution will help ensure the long-term success of the Costa Academy.  The contribution could not have come at a better time as the Academy its preparing its post-pandemic student recruitment strategy.”

What is Costa Academy

Costa Academy is Chambersburg’s Culinary Institute, which is going into its seventh year of operating out of the Orchard Restaurant.

According to their website the mission behind Costa Academy’s beginning was to come alongside students and help them to learn a trade by educating them in a creative manner, so that they in turn can become successful no matter what field of work they choose to advance towards. Helping them achieve their goals, listening to them, and challenging their decision-making is also part of the learning.

They also strive to have them experience the work environment now, rather than later since they have a team knowledgeable of the restaurant industry and can to simplify their learning process. This aids students in learning a trade with applied technical and soft skills.

Michael Kalathas and Costa Academy have been training students and chefs that work at some of the greatest places are a community has to offer such as, Gear House, Bistro 71, University Grille, Menno Haven Retirement Community, Wilson College, Mercersburg Academy, Orchards Restaurant and the WellSpan Hospital.


Michael Kalathas, owner of the Orchards Restaurant said , “With the support we will be hiring a new chef to continue to teach this Culinary course to students from the Career Magnet School, Chambersburg High School and also adults of all ages. I want to thank Roxanna Gapstur and the WellSpan Hospital for their support.”