Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy cooking and making things with your hands? Are you adventurous when it comes to trying new foods and cuisines?

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Culinary Arts program.

On the job, you will ...

  • Work directly with food and beverages in the kitchen 
  • Maintain a clean workspace, prepare raw ingredients for cooking, and assist with cooking and plating meals 
  • Use a variety of commercial cooking equipment and tools 
  • Develop new recipes, plan menus and maintain an ingredients inventory

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Culinary Arts graduates go to work full time in the food service industry, often for restaurants and catering services or for institutions such as schools, hospitals or cafeterias. You may be required to work during early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Students should also consider pursuing the Advanced Culinary Arts, Advanced Culinary Arts – Pastry and other Advanced Training programs at Job Corps as part of their career pathway.

The credentials you will earn ...

Individuals who complete the Culinary Arts program can earn industry-recognized credentials to become a Certified Culinarian, Certified Chef and other restaurant certifications. Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • A high school diploma or the equivalent (can all be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses  
  • Passing scores on written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Carla Godin
Carla Godin
Carla Godin is Loring Job Corps Center’s Culinary Arts instructor, with more than three decades of experience in cooking and baking. She takes pride in her work, especially instructing a new generation of culinary professionals.
Katie Keefe
Katie Keefe is the full time Culinary Arts Instructor at Loring Job Corps. Her professional culinary background includes Front of House Manager, Wedding and Event Planner, Banquet Director, Restaurant Consultant, Executive Chef, Director of Food and Beverage, and Club General Manager. Her favorite parts of working in the food and beverage industry were training and development, and research and analysis. She brings that to the Loring Job Corps Center, teaching students to navigate the many positions within the food and beverage field, how to keep a cool head in hot kitchens, to develop customer service skills, current sustainability methods and practice, and how to cook with love and take care of their souls in the stressful world of professional hospitality.