Culinary Arts

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About the Program:

Grades eligible: 11, 12, Adult.

Want to be part of an award-winning program? This program of study is the basic principles of the food service industry. Food safety, sanitation, personal safety, food handling skills, knife skills, nutrition, customer service, and cooking techniques will be covered in this program. Students learn what the nation’s largest employer expects them to know and the wide range of opportunities available in the food service industry. Hands-on experience is an integral part of the program featuring working lab sessions on various kitchen equipment. Students learn tasks involved in front-of-the-house operations and back-of-house operations and receive their food handler’s card from the local regulatory agency. The second year provides history and depth of industry knowledge and allows the student to understand the concept of proven and varied cooking techniques used worldwide. Students learn about food costing, menu planning, and profitability. Students meeting the qualification and with the recommendation of the instructor will have the opportunity to compete in culinary competitions on the state and national level. Students will take lead roles in the operation of our campus restaurant and further their experience in real-world food service operations. Second-year students have the opportunity to become ServSafe Certified.

Adult students are encouraged to attend all day and complete the program in one year.  

How to Apply:

  1. Schedule to take the WorkKeys with the CTC Assessment Office (573.334.0826) and obtain the required scores: 

    • Graphic Literacy- 3

    • Applied Math- 4

    • Workplace Documentation- 4

  2. Complete an application & deposit $100.

  3. Provide proof of HS graduation (or GED).

  4. Submit the background check form.

Class Schedule:

August-May (Following the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Calendar)


The morning block schedule is from 8:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
The afternoon block schedule is from 12:05 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.