Our programs are 24-week culinary training programs that prepare students to obtain starting level positions in the food service industry. Initially we offered a Culinary Arts program but in January 2010, we launched a new Baking and Pastry Arts program to meet the growing need and demand for training by low income adults, especially during the economic recession. Our Culinary classes are held Monday through Friday, 10 am- 5pm. These classes run Monday- Friday from 7am- 2pm. Students spend 5-6 hours each day in the kitchen learning and practicing all aspects of professional cooking. In addition, students must complete an 80 hour externship at a local food service establishment to receive hands on training and transition from school to work.
The Baking and Pastry Arts program includes a production day, where students receive hands on experience and on the job training. Outside of culinary training, students also receive instruction in math, communication, financial literacy, and job readiness skills. Topics have included personal budgeting and banking, diversity, mock interviews, and resume writing. Students are encouraged to further their education through field trips to the local community college as well as other food service venues.
Students must maintain attendance, academic, culinary and professional standards to graduate from the program. The program is approved by the NJ Department of Education and NJ Department of Workforce Development as a Vocational School. The tuition for the program has remained the same since the inception of the program over 20 years ago. Many attending students are recipients of government assistance, are unemployed, or have marginal incomes while attending Promise Culinary School.
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