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High School

Culinary Arts

Program Highlights

Attain Knowledge and Preparation of Salads, Salad Dressings, Sandwiches, Soups, Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Bread, Cereals, and Desserts | Handle and Store Food Correctly | Identify and Use Culinary Equipment | Identify and Use Spices, Seasonings, and Fresh Herbs | Learn Cost Control Measures | Master All Phases of Dining Room Management and Operation | Observe Health and Safety Practices | Plan Food Purchases

Program Description

The Culinary Arts program trains students in all areas of the demanding and competitive world of food service. Basic cooking techniques, baking, salad preparation, cafeteria operation and advanced culinary skills are taught by chef instructors and guest chefs. Students operate a full-service restaurant in their senior year and cater functions before, during and after school.

Teacher Information

Mr. Timothy Michitsch  Chef Timothy Michitsch
  High School

 Culinary Arts II Instructor
 Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22340




Chef Alyssa Rose
High School 

Culinary Arts I Instructor
Phone: (440) 774-1051 ext. 22343

Program of Study

Junior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
Civics/Government: 1 Credit
English: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit
Science: 1 Credit

Senior Year Courses

Lab: 3 Credits
English: 1 Credit
Science: 1 Credit
Math: 1 Credit

Electives are subject to availability and will be scheduled through your counselor.


Culinary Arts students plating dessert.
Culinary Arts students plating a dish.
Culinary Arts students plating a dish.
Culinary Arts student preparing a dish to go in the oven.

Career Pathways

  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Dietary Assistant
  • Host/Hostess
  • Institutional Kitchen Employee
  • Restaurateur
  • Waiter/Waitress

With Additional Training:

  • Certified Chef
  • Certified Sous Chef
  • Chef Educator
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Food Equipment Sales
  • Food Sales Representative

Competency Profile

Click here to view the Competency Profile

Industry Certifications

American Culinary Association
National Restaurant Association

College Credits

Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the Lorain County JVS.  These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits for Culinary Arts students are listed below.  Credits listed are semester hours.

Hocking College: 16 Credits
Johnson & Wales University: 10.5 Credits
Lorain County Community College: 35 Credits
Pennsylvania Culinary Institute: 18.5 Credits
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh: 19 Credits
Sullivan University: 20 Credits
Sinclair Community College: 16 Credits
Culinary Institute of America: 6 Credits

Upon meeting specific criteria, students have the opportunity to earn various types of college credit for career technical courses taken at Lorain County JVS. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Ohio’s College Credit Plus program. College credit opportunities vary by program and are subject to change.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as SkillsUSA.  These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship.  All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships.  Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.


Employment Resources

Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information.