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Learning Environment
Time is split between the classroom and lab kitchen. Classroom time is spent learning about different aspects of the Food Service and Lodging industries, including but not limited to food safety, cuisine, preparation, management and nutrition. Students learn how to operate within the kitchen and prepare food, and they work with various equipment, learning weights and measurements. In the lab area, students are taught baking and cooking techniques. Some lifting and carrying of heavy objects may be required. Students should anticipate long periods of standing.

What's It Like?

Instructor Heidi Rocha says:
“The class covers both culinary and business aspects of hospitality. The curriculum includes a great deal of hands-on work experience, reading, writing and project-based learning. Early in the school year, students learn safety and sanitation in the classroom. Later, they learn and work in a commercial kitchen two or three days per week. The ability to work well with others and daily attendance are very important. Food Management is very demanding, with students standing for long periods of time. This work requires hand-eye coordination, good personal hygiene and the ability to work quickly and neatly.”

    Culinary Arts

    With hundreds of thousands of jobs worldwide, the Culinary Arts field offers career opportunities across a wide range of jobs, interests and locales, with the potential of fast promotions and increasing earnings.

    Course Overview
    Students have the opportunity to learn various aspects of the hospitality and food service industries. Numerous areas and professions within culinary arts are explored, including sanitation, garde manger, line cook, bakery, dining room and buffet attendant. Students will also examine various areas of the restaurant industry, such as types of food service operations, service levels, customer service and professionalism. Students interested specifically in food service have the opportunity to earn ProStart certification, a nationally-recognized achievement observed by the food service industry and several post-secondary institutions. All students will learn safe food handling and - with successful test completion - achieve ServSafe certification.


    Potential Careers
    Participation in Culinary Arts can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

    • Private Caterer
    • Server
    • Host/Hostess
    • Manager Trainee
    • Prep/Line Cook
    • Housekeeper
    • Dish Machine Operator
    • Guest Services
    • Representative
    • Sales

    With further training and/or education, you could expect Culinary Arts to help launch a career in fields like:

    • Restaurant/Business Owner
    • Sous Chef
    • Housekeeping Manager
    • Front Office Manager
    • Catering Director
    • Pastry Chef

    Primary Units of Instruction (lecture, demonstration and lab work):

    • Safety & Sanitation
    • Cooking Techniques
    • Receiving & Storage
    • Customer Service
    • Food/Service Management
    • Baking/Pastries
    • Hospitality
    • Food Handling
    • Work Ethics

    Length of Program:
    One Year, two semesters; second year is optional for qualified students


    Program Schedule:
    A.M. Session - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    P.M. Session - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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    College Partnerships

    • Ferris State University
    • The Art Institute

    High School Credit and CTE Certification
    It is possible to earn articulated college credit through an articulation agreement between CTE and many Michigan community colleges and universities. This credit can only be granted after successful completion of the CTE program and future enrollment at a college or university that has a current articulation agreement with Clare-Gladwin CTE. See your school counselor for more information.

    Who’s Up For a Second Helping?
    Students interested in returning for the program’s second year must:

    • Have 10 or fewer absences/less than three tardies in the second semester of Year One
    • Be a team player and demonstrate program pride and interest
    • Have an 80 percent average or better in the first year

    High School Credit and CTE Certification
    Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Local schools will award high school credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs.