Is This Program for You?
If you are ready for a job in the constantly evolving food service industry, this may be the ideal program for you.
Students entering the Food Production Assistant program should:
- Desire a good paying job in quantity food production.
- Enjoy working with people.
- Apply creative thinking skills.
- Possess above average reading and math skills.
- Display excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Short-term technical diploma requiring one semester or more to complete
- Daytime classes
- Financial aid available for students who qualify
- Special equipment and uniforms required
- Students must be 18 years old to operate selected kitchen equipment
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Apply safe and sanitary practices in the food preparation environment.
- Prepare uncooked and cooked food selections under direction of supervisor (lab evaluations/checklists will be conducted by instructor).
- Evaluate quality factors in food.
- Operate, clean and maintain commercial kitchen equipment.
- Practice effective oral communications and basic culinary math skills.
Major work duties that a certificate holder is expected to be able to perform:
- Inspect and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces, or serving areas to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices.
- Ensure food is stored and cooked at correct temperature by regulating temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
- Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock.
- Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
- Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
- Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
- Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
- Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.
- Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.
- Wash, peel, cut, and seed fruits and vegetables to prepare them for consumption.
The food service industry is the #1 retail employer in the United States. Demand for well-trained food production staff is at an all-time high. Opportunities include:
- Prep Cook
- Pantry Cook
- Line Cook
- Chef's Assistant
- Dietary Aide
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Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Food Production Assistant Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
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