Culinary Assistant Training
A Unique Program
The Culinary Assistant program prepares students with disabilities for careers in food service and custodial service. This program, designed specifically for people with significant barriers to employment, has been offered by PCC since the 1970s. The Culinary Assistant program was awarded the Best Program from the Oregon Association for Vocational Special Needs Personnel (OAVSNP). The instructor, Lee Fan, has won numerous awards including Faculty/Staff Excellence Award from both PCC and Portland State University.
Degrees and Certificates
In this program you can earn the following:
- One-Year Certificate, Culinary Assistant
See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.
The Culinary Assistant program offers students with serious deficiencies in reading, writing or mathematics an opportunity to participate in a college education. At the successful completion of three terms (9 months) of training, students will receive a One-Year Certificate, Culinary Assistant. Every school day, Culinary Assistant students spend 5 hours training with the PCC Food Service staff and 1 hour in the classroom. The training focuses on hands-on learning with minimal take-home assignments. Curriculum includes:
- Food safety
- On-the-job safety
- Teamwork and Social Skills
- Following directions
- Accepting criticism
- Interviewing techniques