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Culinary Arts

Students in the Culinary Arts program work toward earning ProStart certification. They learn how to skillfully prepare and serve meals that look as good as they taste. Working alongside experts in the field, these chefs-in-training develop a variety of highly sought-after culinary skills and techniques through hands-on training and daily work experiences. Equally important is students’ increased knowledge of food science, diet and nutrition.

Students in this program have an opportunity to enroll in Rockland Community College’s High School Enrichment Program, which allows them to earn college credits. Articulation agreements with other colleges and institutions also exist.

Program Studies

Preparation for the ProStart Certification Exam

  • Baking & Pastry
  • Business & Math Skills
  • Dining Room Service
  • Food Preparation
  • Garde Manager
  • Human Relations Management
  • Introduction to the Hospitality & Food Service Industry
  • Menu Planning
  • Nutrition
  • Purchasing & Receiving Practices
  • Sanitation & Safety
  • Selection & Preparation of Foods
  • Stocks & Soups
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Entrepreneurship

* The ProStart Certification Exam can be used as a replacement for the US History or Global History exam for graduation requirements.

College Articulations

Rockland Community College (3 dual credits), Johnson & Wales University, Paul Smith’s College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, Schenectady Community College, Sullivan Community College

Professional Certifications

ProStart, ServSafe

Career Options

Chef, Caterer, Garde Manger, Baker, Food & Beverage Manager, Restaurant Manager, Nutritionist, Entrepreneur


Career & Technical Education Center
65 Parrott Road, Building #3
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4770

Kim Bell
Executive Director of Career and Technical Education

Eric Kurz

James Matera
Assistant Principal

Jennifer Patrikis
School Counselor
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South Orangetown Central School District
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New Jersey school districts

Jaymie DeLeon
School Counselor
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Rockland BOCES Student Services

Nicole Minter
School Counselor
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