Food Service and Hospitality

Career Pathway

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Start prepping NOW for your dream job or work-anywhere trade skills!

Ingredients for a Tasty Future

If you can handle the heat, get in the kitchen! Do you love good food and working with a great team? Are you looking for job skills you can put to work anywhere in the world? Then a career in the food service industry could be your recipe for success. Learn the basics of safe food handling and kitchen sanitation to earn your state Food Handler certification, opening the back door of restaurants across California to get you working. Then start mastering knife skills, cooking techniques, food science, and kitchen leadership. Your rewarding culinary career starts right here, right now!

If the hospitality side of the industry is calling your name, you’ll also meet hotel professionals who can check you into the ever-changing world of travel services. Learn on the job with an industry internship, preparing you with real-world experience you can take anywhere!

What You'll Learn

As early as freshman year, enroll in A-G approved courses to start preparing for your culinary or hospitality career. Classes include:

  • CTE Con Culinary & Hospitality
  • CTE Cap Culinary & Hospitality Honors

What You’ll Do

Take what you’re learning in the classroom into the real world and experience for yourself all that awaits you in this creative and customer-centered industry. Hands-on, immersive experiences include:

  • Restaurant tours
  • Food tastings
  • Local farm visits
  • Hospitality job-shadowing

Who You Can Be

Kickstart your career path with top-tier academic instruction and industry-leader insights. The Food Service & Hospitality program prepares you for potential careers like:

  • Executive chef
  • Prep or line chef
  • Restaurant server/bartender
  • Restaurant general manager
  • Front desk/concierge
  • Lodging manager
  • Cruise or tourism host

Industry Average Wages: $43,000–$123,000

Projected Industry Growth: 2–3%

What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Food Service & Hospitality CTE track prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry, which includes restaurants, hotels, and tourism-related services. Students learn kitchen basics like safe food storage and sanitation and become “Serve Safe,” earning a two-year California state certification required of every restaurant employee, giving them a hiring advantage over job seekers who aren’t yet certified. Culinary experts offer instruction on knife skills and safety, recipe reading and adaptation, and measuring and kitchen math. In weekly labs, students practice cooking techniques by preparing a variety of delicious dishes, working in groups, and rotating leadership positions to gain experience across a range of kitchen roles. Classes take field trips to a local farm to learn about agriculture production and the benefits of working closely with local producers and spend time in a local hotel shadowing a hospitality professional. Students emerge from the Food Service & Hospitality program with Oxnard Community College credits and a jump start on an exciting career in a thriving industry.

College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

2 Year

AA Culinary - Oxnard College

4 Year

BS Hospitality & Tourism Management - Cal Lutheran University