New Program to Get New Lab this year as Board Approves Bid for Project
On Friday, November 13, 2009, the fifteen junior and senior students enrolled in the new Culinary Arts program at the Career Center hosted a prestigious group for lunch to show off their culinary skills and talents. School board members, Mike Llewellyn and Karen Treber, joined David Cox, Superintendent; Vince Montana, Director of Facilities; and Deborah Bittinger, Career Center principal, for soup and salad catered by the students.
The menu consisted of broccoli and cheese soup, Waldorf Salad, potato and pasta side salads, an entrée chef salad with homemade dressings, and vanilla cheesecake with a cherry compote for dessert, all created by the students in their makeshift kitchen under the instruction of Phillip Carter. Superintendent Cox stated, “It was great to have a first-hand experience with the students and this program. The food was delicious and I really enjoyed talking with the students about what they are learning.”
Both juniors and seniors worked together to prepare the meal, and senior students Laureen Hott, Shelby Logsdon and Jordan Staggs, had the privilege of serving lunch to their guests. Seniors not present were Ellarose Cheek and Shana Patrick. The juniors who assisted with meal preparation included Corey Cutter, Robert Case, Megan Davis, Daniel Holthaus, Richard Hutchinson, Summer Liller, Tiffany Raines, Gary Shriver, Josh Lavin, and Zach McLaughlin.
According to Mike Llewellyn, “I was very impressed with our Culinary Arts students and the work they are doing. The students were both professional and knowledgeable.” He went on to say “Witnessing them demonstrate the skills they have learned further validates the investment we are making in this new program.”
Fellow board member, Karen Treber, echoed these sentiments. “It was great to see the students so engaged in what they are learning. I know they are all looking forward to the completion of the new culinary arts lab and so am I. It will certainly make this program one in which the students can get a great experience and prepare for a career. And the food was delicious!”
The Board of Education recently approved a bid submitted by Callas Contracting of Hagerstown, Maryland, for the renovation of the Culinary Arts lab. Construction of the new lab is set to begin in the near future and it is scheduled for completion before the end of the year. The program strives to educate students in professional cooking and baking and prepares them for careers in the food and beverage industry. “All of my students are very excited for the program and their future cooking lab,” stated instructor, Phillip Carter.