Students in the CTEC Culinary Arts program learn culinary techniques, restaurant management skills as well as task management and professional skills in a state-of-the-art commercial-grade kitchen under the guidance of professional chefs. In addition to learning culinary techniques, CTEC Culinary Arts students have opportunities to cater events, host pop-up shops for the community, and other opportunities to hone their skills. CTEC Culinary Arts students have the opportunity to compete at the state and national level under the ProStart competition. With Leisure and Hospitality being the state’s second-fastest growing industry, CTEC Culinary Arts prepares future professionals for high-demand careers.
We want our students to be ready to gain employment in entry-level restaurant-industry jobs or gain successful entry into secondary training programs. The restaurant industry is Oregon’s fifth largest employer. As the population in the Willamette Valley grows, the need for trained culinary professionals will grow with it. CTEC is providing the culinary workforce of tomorrow with the industry skills necessary to succeed, innovate, and sustain. Students will obtain food handler’s cards and have the opportunity to obtain ServSafe certification.
With highly integrated curriculum, students learn science and English through the lens of Culinary Arts. Project-based curriculum allows students to develop proficiency of academic, technical, and professional skills. Students explore career options in their programs, enhanced by regular interaction with industry professionals from the community as well as job fairs and other career preparatory opportunities. Throughout this program, students develop a professional portfolio that highlights their technical skills and abilities and professional experiences. CTEC Culinary Arts students graduate with a plan and the ability to adjust the plan throughout their career. With a foundation of industry-standard skills, relevant and integrated science and English training, and the ability to interact with technical equipment, our students are ready to pursue their dreams and goals.