The instructional goals of the Culinary Arts & Sciences Program at the Arlington Career Center include:
- To prepare motivated high school students for post-secondary education by providing opportunities to earn college credits during their high school academic career
- To prepare students for careers in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry by providing opportunities to earn Industry Certification through the National Restaurant Association.
The food service industry offers many employment options to the motivated and skilled worker. Those possessing the passion and determination to succeed will learn how to work productively in a kitchen or bakery environment.
The horizon for expansion of the career opportunities in the food service industry is virtually unlimited. We can expect new advancements in diet and food preparation techniques to continue to demand creative and educated workers. It is a goal of this program to help students discover their hidden talents and develop their work ethic so as to make them successful in the 21st century marketplace.
The Arlington Career Center Culinary Arts Lab is well equipped. We have a full array of industrial equipment and are capable of high production quantities. Our emphasis on quality control initiates our students to real world requirements and production standards. It also provides students with a firm foundation upon which to build additional skills in culinary school or the workplace.
Throughout the year we host guest chefs and speakers, business leaders, and culinary institution representatives, who can assist students in identifying and securing a destination career path. Our “College Week” brings in admission representatives from across the region to inform students of their post secondary educational options. Our program has been very successful in advancing students into some of the most recognized universities and colleges in the nation.
Starting in the 2016-2017 school year the program will test and certify second year students. The tests will be administered in-house, under the rubric of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Students will follow a predetermined curriculum in either cooking or baking. Successful completion of this testing will result in a certificate of achievement which will reinforce student’s job or college ambitions.
Students completing this two-year Program can receive/qualify for:
SkillsUSA and Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Competition – First and Second year students may qualify for district, state and national competitions. These competitions require the utmost commitment by students. Those who achieve success in these competitions have the opportunities to earn scholarships to post-secondary institutions such as the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Johnson & Wales University, and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, just to name a few .
- SKILLS – Culinary Arts uses the Virginia State Competency List Culinary Arts I, II (8275, 8276).
- CERTIFICATION –ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, National Restaurant Association(NRA)
- EXPERIENCE – Students gain real-world experience by providing catering for Career Center Functions and Arlington Public School events, as well as outside clients.
- WORK PLACEMENT AND INTERNSHIPS – Exceptional students will be recommended for job sites and for internships. Qualified graduating seniors may also be permitted to gain Senior Experience credits in our kitchen.
Chef Renee Randolph,
Culinary Arts Instructor