Program Description
The Professional Food Services 1 Program provides students with both basic and advanced technical skills and essential worker traits to secure and retain employment in the food service field (restaurants, hotels, college cafeterias, etc.). Students work and learn in a commercial kitchen and use professional equipment as part of their training. Part of the instruction includes operating the Center's student-run bakery and restaurant. Students work and learn in a fast-paced, physically demanding, constantly changing, and very realistic setting. Students are introduced to all aspects of the food service industry including basic weights and measures, food service safety and sanitation, product identification, supervisory skills, time management, and basic computer skills. Proficient skill development, use of commercial restaurant equipment, mastering food service competencies, developing good work habits, learning to work as part of a team as well as learning how and why things are done in a commercial kitchen are very important.

Curriculum Components
The program provides students the skills needed to follow precise written and oral instructions such as recipes and procedures. Students also learn about basic food products, preparation, handling, and serving. Students must learn an extensive list of culinary terminology. Students learn to combine their knowledge of ingredients, methods and procedures, terminology, and basic kitchen skills in much of their everyday production. Additional topics covered include safety, sanitation, nutrition, employment & life skills.
High School Credits Awarded:
• One Mathematics Credit
• One Science Credit
• Four Electives

Career Academy Opportunity and Rewards
All students at the Center for Technology may seek eligibility for enrollment in a variety of college level courses offered through Champlain College, the Community College of Vermont, UVM and VTC. Each course can earn a student three college credits - many of which are accepted by other colleges and universities. Motivated students who take advantage of these advanced placement programs can acquire a full semester toward their college degree.

Career Experiences
• Work-based Learning
• School-Work Cooperative Opportunities
• Apprenticeships

What's Next?
Students completing this program who are interested in pursuing a career in a related field may seek employment in the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry, pursue advanced education and training at a culinary institute, or enroll in a college or university.

Industry Partners
• New England Culinary Institute
• Hilton Burlington
• Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center
• Sodexho Food Services at Verizon, St. Michael's College, Champlain College, UVM, and Lane Press
• Windjammer
• Village Cup
• Sweet Clover Market
• Doubletree Hotel and Trader Dukes
• Chef's Corner
• Hannafords
• A Single Pebble
• Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community
• Mirabelles
• Piece of Cake
• Shelburne Farms
• American Flatbread
• Bouchard-Pierce

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