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The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for a career in the hospitality profession. Students will learn concepts in hospitality, restaurant management, and food preparation.
The employment outlook in the foods trade industry is projected to increase at a better-than-average rate for Maine. Because this geographic area encompasses one of the major tourist areas in the state, excellent employment potential is expected. The facility at OHCHS contains start-of-the art equipment and supplies which are used in the food preparation industry.
Culinary Arts I
During the first year of the Culinary Arts program, students are introduced to concepts in hospitality, food service sanitation, food preparation and presentation, baking, food management, menu planning, and nutrition. The program utilizes the PRO-START curriculum from the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The curriculum is a two-year sequence, and students will take a national exam at the end of each year. Students will also be expected to complete a paid internship (minimum of 400 hours) in the industry.
Culinary Arts II
The second year of the program will continue with more in-depth concepts and skill in the culinary and hospitality industries. Students will learn about management by operating a restaurant and multi-faceted food service establishment. Students in this program will also study the ServSafeSanitation course through the National Restaurant Association. Students will take the NRA exam to receive this certification.
Culinary Arts III
The third year will emphasize management (cost control, production, and logistics), advanced culinary procedures (pastry arts, fusion cooking, and recipe development), personal skill development (safety, efficiency and speed of production) and creativity through personal and school projects.
The Culinary Arts program has articulated its curriculum with several post-secondary colleges. Students may obtain college credits for the learning opportunities offered at the Technical School. As part of these agreements, students have to be enrolled for a semester and prove they have met the requirements of the agreement. Culinary Arts currently has agreements with the following schools:
Central Maine Community College
CUA 121 Food Preparation Sanitation
CUA 171 Nutrition and Food Quality