What does it look like to be college and career ready? It all depends on the course that you want to take for your future, but it begins with the courses you take in high school.
Troy Buchanan High School offers a variety of college preparatory, dual credit, advanced placement, and technical vocation options for students. One of the newest technical vocation options is the Missouri ProStart Culinary Program.
ProStart, in its second year of implementation, is a three-step course that allows students an insight into the culinary industry and is recognized by the National Restaurant Association.
Instructor Andrea Tarro leads students through the ins and outs of working in a professional kitchen environment. Students are exposed to classically trained and experienced chefs, they are asked to cater events, and during the third portion of the program they complete an internship.
ProStart student, Austin, said, “This program has helped me to learn how to operate in real life.”
Most of the students enrolled in ProStart are interested in a career in the culinary arts. With the experience gained through the program, they will be prepared to begin their career immediately following graduation or continue on to more specialized training.
Tarro is looking forward to seeing continued growth and student interest in this program. She is currently working on a vocational-technical education grant in hopes of updating her classroom. The update would include two commercial-grade work stations and allow continued use of two of the current residential-grade work stations.