Culinary Arts Program
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Offers Culinary Instruction at Tilly Foster
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Career and Technical Center is offering culinary programs at the Tilly Foster Educational Institute for high school students interested in beginning careers in food service after graduation and for special needs students transitioning to independent or supported employment.
In the Food Service Preparation Assistant course, students learn everything they need to know from set up to clean up, including following recipes, converting measurements, applying cooking methods and using commercial equipment. The program includes units on soups, vegetables, meats, salads, sandwiches and desserts. They also learn safety and sanitation.
In the Food Service Transition to Work course, the focus is on internships that introduce special needs students to the food service business. Students review measurement, proper use of equipment and sanitation standards. Internships teach students how to communicate with management and fellow workers, as well as how to follow culinary practices appropriate to the job site. For more information about the Culinary Arts program, contact Ellen Lane 914-248-2235.
In addition to the BOCES program, the Educational Institute hosts part of a 4H Junior Vet course, which is offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Children participating in this program get hands on with Tilly Foster Farm animal residents and learn about their general care, health and handling, in addition to the basics of reading animal body language and training.
In the future, the Institute expects to expand services and educational opportunities, including courses in Veterinary Science and Agriculture, as well adult continuing education, and early intervention pre-K.
For more information about the Institute or to speak with someone about educational programming suggestions or partnerships, please contact the County at 845-808-1001.