Food Service and Hospitality

Career Pathway

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Get Your Appetite Up for a Career in Food Service and Hospitality

A mouth-watering recipe incorporates the right blend of ingredients, passion and attention – and an award-winning menu is made up of a diverse selection of delicious yet healthy meals. Do you love creating in the kitchen? Are you fascinated with food, nutrition, dining and hosting? Do you dream of a rewarding hospitality career spent in a renowned restaurant or hotel? If this sounds like you, then a career in the culinary or hospitality industries could be exactly what you’re craving. With a broad range of activities, insights, experiences, connections and introductions in the fascinating worlds of food service and hospitality alike, this program presents a unique and invaluable opportunity to get a head start on your dream career. In addition to providing California state certification in food handling as well as kitchen safety and sanitation, the program is articulated with Oxnard Community College’s culinary program, providing credits for a head start in college.

What You'll Learn

From 9th grade upward, enroll in A-G approved courses to start preparing for your career in the culinary or hospitality industry. Classes include:

  • CTE Intro Culinary & Hospitality
  • 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 the fast-moving and ever-evolving culinary and hospitality industries. Hands-on, immersive experiences include:

  • Weekly cooking labs
  • Menu and recipe creation
  • Leadership roles and opportunities
  • Food and knife safety, sanitation and storage certification
  • Industry internships
  • Field trips to local farms
  • Restaurant and food-tasting tour of local businesses
  • Tour of local hotels
  • Job-shadowing at local hotels

Who You Can Be

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

  • Prep Chef
  • Line Chef
  • Food Server
  • Hotel Front Desk Clerk
  • Food Service Professional
  • Hospitality Professional

Industry Average Wages: $56,310

Projected Industry Growth: 2.7%

What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Food Service and Hospitality CTE track prepares students for successful careers in the culinary and hospitality industries, which includes jobs like prep and line chef, food server, food service professionals, hospitality professionals and hotel front desk clerk. Students (grades 9 and up) learn a wide range of vital skills such as menu and recipe creation, food and knife safety, sanitation and storage skills, nutrition and cooking techniques (including weekly cooking labs), leadership development, agriculture production, customer service strategy and more. The program is based at Ventura High School and leads directly to VUSD’s Culinary/Food Service & Hospitality pathway. Students learn and sharpen skills in both individual and group situations and settings, and internship opportunities are also available. Students also take field trips to learn directly from professionals and experience real-world working scenarios at area farms, businesses and hotels. Students emerge from this information- and experience-rich program with enhanced skills, confidence, Serve Safe and California State Food Handler Certification, direct access to a powerful pathway and Oxnard Community College Culinary Program credits.

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

AS Culinary - Ventura College

4 Year

BS Hospitality & Tourism Management - Cal Lutheran University