The Culinary Arts (CA) curriculum prepares graduates to enter the workforce in “full service restaurants, hotels, catering operations, contract foodservices and institutional in house operations.” The inclusion of this curriculum at Mitchell Community College will allow students to enter the workforce with the skill sets needed to increase their marketability to employers.
Of the top 25 employers in Iredell County 2 of the top 5, and 8 total of the 25 use CA skilled positions. The growth of culinarily related occupations in Iredell-(Fueled by the population growth of the high-income Mooresville/Lake Norman areas) by percentage is outpacing neighboring regions. This is doubling the rate of growth in North Wilkesboro and Mecklenburg Counties.
It is important to recognize an education in CA broadens the scope of possible employment opportunities for students. In addition to traditional employment prospects with already established organizations, students with knowledge of CA are also suitable for self-employment, contractor, and entrepreneur employment opportunities. For example, restaurant experience and a CA could lead to an entrepreneurial possibility, a food broker position, catering, interface with produce in agribusiness, etc. Or the graduate could pursue more education through an articulation, and in doing so, increase their position and earning potential.
Chefs and Head Cooks
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Food Service Managers
Bob Williams (Chef Bob), Coordinator/Instructor