Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

A Unique Program

Culinary Assistant preparing food food in school kitchen

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).

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • One-Year Certificate, Culinary Assistant

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Hands-on Training

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
  • Attendance
  • Teamwork and Social Skills
  • Following directions
  • Accepting criticism
  • Interviewing techniques

What's Next?

Culinary Assisting program flag
  1. Read the Program Overview.
  2. Schedule an interview with program coordinator Chris Brady: 971-722-4305.