The interactive Culinary Arts program is designed to equip students with the basic skills needed for entry-level positions in diverse food service operations. It introduces the students to the preparation of foods for full-service, buffet, banquet, à la carte, and bakery operations.

    Students are exposed to many areas of professional food service including culinary techniques, safety and sanitation, purchasing and cost controls, professionalism and ethics, teamwork and communication. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. Apart from learning how to make delicious meals and desserts, program participants will be trained for the job-search process through mock-interviews, and guidance with resumes and cover letters.

    After completion of the one-year program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the Maricopa County Food Service Worker Certification. Also, this culinary training program provides credit transfer to specific degrees at a community college or university, in partnership with the Maricopa Colleges. Through the Culinary Arts program and certification, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.


    The purpose of NTHS is to recognize, honor, and promote student achievement and leadership in Career and Technical Education. The pillars of NTHS are: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship. 

    Students have the opportunity to participate in NTHS after meeting eligibility criteria such as: high GPA at high school and in their West-MEC CTE program; CTSO/Volunteerism/Leadership, and outstanding professional conduct. Students who are inducted into NTHS wear stoles at the West-MEC Recognition ceremony to signify outstanding accomplishments. 


    Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Cook, caterer, restaurant chef, restaurant manager

    Furthermore, students can enhance their skills and look to become personal chefs, or specialized chefs. There is also the possibility of being self-employed.


    This program is offered in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College.


    Estrella Mountain Community College