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Lesson for the day: “A fast and frugal route to a career as a cook? Community college.’

Featured Article: “A fast and frugal route to a career as a cook? Community College.by Priya Krishna

In response to the closure of major culinary schools and increased demand from restaurants, several community colleges are developing cutting-edge culinary programs on their campuses.

In this lesson, you’ll step into some of these culinary programs and get a behind-the-scenes look at culinary school. Next, you’ll do some research to find out what steps you need to take to pursue your dream career.

What do you know about the job of a chef in a restaurant? Have you ever watched competitive cooking shows or followed recipe accounts on TikTok? Have you ever worked at a local restaurant or do you enjoy cooking at home for your family and friends?

Watch this video about what it’s like to cook at one of LA’s top restaurants:

  • What are Joseph Johnson’s responsibilities in the restaurant where he works?

  • What were Mr Johnson’s early experiences cooking at home as a child and working in a restaurant as a teenager? How did they help him get to where he is now?

  • How does Mr. Johnson continue to develop his skills and pursue his dreams?

  • Do you relate to everything Mr. Johnson said? Do you have a dream or a passion for a future career?

Read the articlethen answer the following questions:

1. What attracts students to programs like Northern Essex Community College? What attracts you to the program?

2. What has happened to cooking schools over the past decade? Why would someone choose to go to one of the great culinary schools?

3. What are some of the benefits of learning to cook at Northern Essex Community College or any of the other community colleges mentioned in the article?

4. What limitations do some community college culinary programs face? How might this affect opportunities after graduation?

5. The article mentions that some people see a stigma attached to community college. Do you feel like the people in your life look down on community college or view it as inferior? Why do you think this is? What do you think it would take to change this belief in your community and elsewhere?

What is your dream job or career? What steps do you need to take to pursue this career? What skills do you need at work?

Spend time researching your dream job. Be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Do you need a degree, license or certificate to do this job? What do you need to get this certification?

  • What skills are needed to land a job like this? What do you need to know at work to be successful?

  • Who is doing this job successfully? Learn three things about this person’s career path.

  • What step could you take today to get closer to this career? For example, could you interview someone who is currently working in the field? Can you apply for an internship or take a specialized course?

Finally, share your findings with your peers by creating a slideshow, page, or poster with facts about work and career paths. You can make your project visually appealing by including photographs, drawings, or quotes from people in the profession.


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