Culinary and Baking/Pastry Arts

This 3-credit blended Pennsylvania approved Career and Technical Education Program of Study acknowledges the multi-talented approach necessary to compete and excel in the dynamic food and beverage industry.  Whether pursuing a career as a chef, owner, pastry chef, baker, or restaurant management, this three year course will provide the foundational skills necessary for entry level or continued study at an accredited culinary school.

Today’s food service industry demands well rounded, well versed, and exceptionally talented individuals with skills that transcend and blend the roles of culinary professional with the artistry and science of the professional baker / pastry artisan.  While demanding of both time and talent, this program will reward the student with a well developed skill set and drive to continued excellence.  We will focus on several key aspects and skills, from exceptional knife skills, precise measurements, industry standard equipment utilization, timing, and communication. 

Utilizing core curriculum from Pro Start in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association the prospective student will explore the foundations necessary to begin an exciting career.  Additionally prospective students will have an opportunity to represent Octorara as part of the Pro Start competition team competing regionally, across the state, and with the possibility of national exposure. 


  • ServeSafe Certification

  • OSHA 10 hour program

  • ProStart National Certification of Achievement

  • Employability Skills Certificate 

  • PA Skills Certificate 

Student Organization: 

  • ProStart and Skills USA

Career Opportunities:

  • Food and Beverage Director

  • Chef

  • Chef de Cuisine

  • Pastry Chef

  • Restaurant Manager

  • Food and Beverage Buyer

  • Bakery Assistant

  • Production Baker

  • Assistant to Pastry Chef

  • Line Cook

  • Garde Manger

  • Sous Chef with additional training

  • Food Production Assistant