High School Credit:
3 Credits – IEP Team may decide if credits are applied towards academic requirements
Preference given to students with an IEP
This program will cover entry-level skills of the food service industry. Training includes safety, sanitation, customer service, job search skills, and operations of related tools and equipment. This program teaches the skills necessary to secure a job as a cashier, waiter/waitress, host/hostess, line cook, prep cook, table busser, and counter person. Students gain live work experience through working in the Viking Korner Cafe, which operates on a daily basis. Students will rotate through the different jobs of the lunch counter to gain experience in each area of the kitchen. Food Services students will also coordinate with Culinary Arts students to help cater large events.
The Food Services program is considered a General Trades or a Life Skills program designed to teach students with disabilities independent living skills. We focus this program around Food Service skills to help students gain employment, but we also teach daily tasks such as making a bed, doing laundry, housekeeping, grocery shopping, sewing, budgeting, hygiene, and getting along with others. These skills are taught in a fun, no-pressure environment. For example, we teach students how to dress for an interview and how to eat at a table using proper etiquette by taking them all to a “fancy” dinner at a local restaurant each year.
Space in this program is limited to 8 students and preference will be given to students who receive IEP services. We highly recommend that any interested students attend the special Food Services Open House in the spring and/or schedule a shadowing experience. Accepted students will sell various goodies throughout the year (whoopie pies, strawberry shortcakes) to “earn” money towards their uniform, which is typically a hat and an apron with their name embroidered on it.
Parents and Family members of accepted students are highly encouraged to visit the program throughout the year, particularly on Wednesdays, when the students prepare and serve a special meal. Family members can be added to an email list if they’d like to receive updates on the Special of the Week