What Our Students Learn
- Kitchen safety and sanitation
- Cooking, baking, and food preparation techniques
- Convert, practice, and create recipes
- Plan events and menus
- Work with food properties, nutrition, and dietary conditions
- Employment opportunity in this field is 4 times higher than the national average of a job
- Entry level salaries start at $25,000 and up
- Median salary is $30,000
- 10% of workers earn $41,000 or more
- Students spend 50% of their time learning concepts in a classroom, and 50% of their time with hands-on practical work
- Students gain experience in a production kitchen environment with industry grade equipment
- On-site experience in cooking and catering is built in to the curriculum
- Enrollment options are available for both high school students and post-secondary students
- 1 year of classes
Tiffani Schans has been teaching since 1995 and has over 10 years of experience in the Culinary industry. She has experience as both a Family & Consumer Science teacher, and in the restaurant industry.
Certifications & Degrees:
- BS in Home Economics
- MA in Curriculum & Instruction
Accredited Certificate Courses (30 credits)
All credits earned at Pickens technical college are recognized by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and are eligible for transfer to other colleges within the state of Colorado.
Trains students in the basic fundamentals of the culinary field. The course will include student overviews, safety & sanitation fundamentals, culinary math skills, culinary vocabulary, lab requirements, using online training methods, competitions, basic knife skills, equipment identification and proper usage, professionalism, food service history, kitchen organization, basic principles of cooking, food science, study skills, proper food storage techniques, recipes, cost management, library resources and student learning organizations, scholarships, and culinary career opportunities.
Introduces the student to the basic rules of sanitation, food-borne illnesses, safe food temperatures, safe food handling techniques, the HACCP Program, pest control procedures, and local/state health rules and regulations for food service operations. At the completion of the course, students take a nationally recognized test from the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.”
Provides students with the fundamental principles of commercial kitchen operations including safety and sanitation applications, use and care of equipment, tools, utensils, and knives, recipe use and conversion, organization of work, and basic cooking methods.
Focuses on the fundamental principles of stocks, soups, sauces, gravies, and thickening agents. Enables students to produce a variety of these products in the commercial kitchen incorporating practice in the use of tools, utensils, equipment, and application of safety and sanitation practices. Students apply pre-preparation skills and efficient organization of work techniques.
Provides fundamental principles of cold food and non-alcoholic beverage preparation and production in a commercial kitchen. Enables students to produce a variety of cold food and non-alcoholic beverage products incorporating practice in the use of tools, utensils, equipment, and application of safety and sanitation methods. Introduces basic cold food decorative work such as fruit and vegetable garnishes and carvings, terrines, and hors d’oeuvres. Focuses on pre-preparation procedures and efficient organization of work techniques.
Provides students with the fundamental principles and practices of a commercial kitchen, including safety and sanitation applications, use and care of equipment, tools, utensils, and knives, recipe use and conversion, organization of work, and basic cooking methods. Focuses on the fundamental principles and production of stocks, soups, sauces, gravies, and thickening agents. Principles of cold food and non-alcoholic beverage preparation and production in a commercial kitchen. Basic cold food decorative work such as fruit and vegetable garnishes and carvings, terrines, and hors d’oeuvres. Emphasizes the effects of seasonings and cooking methods of vegetable products and basic hot food preparation. Students prepare breakfast orders similar to those ordered in restaurants with egg cookery and dairy products emphasized.
Provides the basics of preparing and/or cooking potatoes, starches, legumes, and pastas. Enables students to prepare and cook a variety of casseroles and grain products using a commercial kitchen for their preparation area. Allows students to apply pre-preparation skills and efficient organization of work techniques.
Provides the student with the basics of meat handling, including principles used for selecting meat products, their basic cuts and cooking methods. Focuses on a variety of meat products in a commercial kitchen.
Provides the student with the basics of meat handling, including principles used for selecting meat products, their basic cuts, and cooking methods. Focuses on a variety of meat products in a commercial kitchen.
Provides the basics of handling poultry, fish, and seafood including principles used for selection and the basic forms these products have, and the methods of cooking them. Focuses on preparation of poultry, fish, and seafood products in a commercial kitchen and incorporates practice in the use of these principles and methods. Covers pre-preparation skills and efficient organization of work techniques.
Provides the student with the fundamentals of basic yeast-raised production and quick breads. Enables the student to produce white bread, rolls, variety grain breads, specialty breads, sweet yeast-raised products, and quick breads in a commercial kitchen.
Provides the student with the fundamentals of basic cake, pie, pastry, and cookie production. Enables the student to produce a variety of cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, and assorted dessert items in a commercial kitchen.
Provides students with an overview of the catering industry. Special attention will be given to catering from a customer’s perspective. Students completing this course should be able to plan and implement a variety of catering functions. Included in the course will be some experiential learning opportunities as a result of participation in actual college-catered functions on campus.
Provides students with the fundamentals of human nutrition. Focuses on the nutritional needs of humans throughout their life cycle as well as those with special dietary needs. Students may take a nationally recognized test from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.
Introduces the student to planning menus and integrating them into foodservice operations. Equips the student with a working knowledge of the function, mechanics, and results achieved by the menu. Provides an overview of the existing and growing food-service industry as seen through the menu.
Enables students to plan and present various styles of buffet set-ups, including self-service, cafeteria, and staffed stations. Meeting customers’ needs through menu development, and equipment and food layout will be emphasized. Platter presentations, carving stations, steam table/ chafing dish, and plated service will be included.
Teaches how to organize special meal functions, handle reservations and special requests, evaluate dining room personnel, create menu format for the GPA Dining Room and operate the POS manager’s menu.
Introduces full meal preparation of nontraditional international cuisine. Ethnic ingredients and meals from India, Thailand, Greece, Morocco, Africa, South America and Ecuador will be introduced.
Provide the student with the development and production of bakery products that focus on common food allergens, intolerances, and health aspects. Students will prepare a variety of gluten-free bakery products that address celiac disease, and other products that address common health-related issues. There will be an emphasis on the use of product substitutions including: fats, sweeteners, and dairy in baking. Students will also analyze the nutritive value of ingredient refinement.