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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

PA Dept of Education | CIP Code 12.0508

Restaurants in Pennsylvania are a driving force in the state's economy as well as across the country. Their sales generate huge tax revenues while providing jobs and building careers for thousands of people. Restaurant jobs represent 10% of employment in Pennsylvania by employing well over half a million workers. And with a solid culinary education, graduates can enter the work force and look forward to continued job growth, or may continue to build upon their skills at a culinary institute.

The Culinary Arts program is currently one of only 122 secondary programs in the United States accredited by the American Culinary Education Foundation (ACFEF). The ACF is a professional organization for cooks, bakers, and chefs; they also provide a clear path to industry certification giving graduates an advantage as they develop entry-level marketable skills. Students are able to obtain a Certified Junior Culinarian (CJC) certification if they meet certain requirements. To find out more, visit


Training for a career in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities begins with theory and hands-on experience in our fully-equipped restaurant, bakery, and cafeteria. Our ACF accredited program of study includes safety and sanitation, nutrition, basic knife skills, cooking and baking concepts, menu planning, dining room service and much more, while the student is encouraged to develop a work ethic that is appropriate for the industry's stringent standards.

Occupational Profile: For information on this occupation's description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state and national wages, and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor's site for this career field at:


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