Culinary Arts

ProStart Restaurant Management (900 Clock-Hour Certificate)

ProStart is a career-building program that prepares a solid candidate for success.  ProStart students gain experience and recognition in several ways.  First, students learn fundamental culinary and management skills in the classroom.  Classroom experience provides students with the important skills they need to for success in the industry.  Secondly, students are placed in internships in qualified food service operations with industry professionals.  In their mentored work experience, students receive mentor support, character development and real-world skills that provide a head start toward a career in the industry.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • SkillsUSA Club (America’s largest student co-curricular organization)—attending and participating in business-style meetings and competing in skill-related contests.
  • EV Challenge (Electric Car conversion project) through various activities including web page design, prepared speech, and pit crew and attending National competition in North Carolina.
  • Students also have the opportunity to join in with other students to raise funds for their various activities.  Past events included Longaberger Basket Bingo, Buckwheat Festival, serving concessions at WVU functions.

Major Units of Study

Sanitation and Safety

Cooking Methods and Techniques

Tools and Equipment

Food and Beverage Management Principles/Dining Room Management

Meats, Poultry and Game Cooking

Fish and Shellfish

Soups and Sauces

Hor d’oeuvres, Appetizers and Salad Preparation

Baking and Pastry

Equipment/Tools Used

Convection oven

Industrial dish machine

Steamers

Steam kettles

Meat slicers-cutler and small tools

Deep fryer grill

Chafing dishes

Bread proofer

Coffeemakers

Clothing Required

Monongalia County School Policy/MTEC safety

Chef’s hat

Chef’s white jacket

Apron

Black duty shoes (student responsibility)

White button-down shirt (student responsibility)

Black pants (student responsibility)

Employment Opportunities

Chef’s Apprentice

Cook

Baker

Server

Caterer

Supervisor/Manager

Fast Food Service Worker

Counter Worker

Deli Cutter/Slicer

Food Assembler

Hospital Food Service Worker

Employment Opportunities with Further Training

Chef

Culinary Arts Instructor

Bartender

Meat Cutter

Banquet Supervisor

Dietitian

Home Economist

Pastry Chef

Food and Service Director

Food Service Consultant

Health Inspector

Interests

If you have the following interests, then this program may be for you: 

  • I like to work with food
  • I like working as a member of a team
  • I like to work with my hands
  • I can cook and bake
  • TI take pride in seeing a completed job I’ve done well
  • I work well with the public
  • I like to work indoors
  • I can do math calculation such as counting change, measurements, etc.
  • I can wait on tables, take food orders and serve people
  • I keep myself well-groomed and neat in appearance
  • I work in a neat and orderly manner
  • I work both quickly and accurately
  • I pay attention to details
  • I take pride in my work

Skills

If you have the following skills, then this program may be for you: 

  • I communicate clearly  with others
  • I follow verbal and written directions carefully
  • I can read and write clearly and neatly
  • I can do basic math
  • I can work with fractions
  • I can lift up to 50 pounds
  • I stay on a task according to set procedures until completed
  • I spend the majority of time standing or walking
  • I operate small and large equipment safely
  • I work both quickly and accurately with my hands
  • I work safely and efficiently
  • I can be tactful in my dealings with people
  • I believe that all tasks, even routine ones, are important

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