Kitchen Is Game-Changer For BOCES Culinary Arts StudentsPosted: Updated:
These students at BOCES Bohlen Technical Center are baking chocolate chip cookies as part of their final exam.
But not long ago, this wasn't a kitchen. It was a classroom.
"We had to switch off classroom to kitchen every other day, which wasn't really ideal for the students. They like to come here for the hands-on," said Janet Ramsey, culinary arts instructor.
Now, students are getting more hands-on experience thanks to a $50,000 state grant. The money was used to buy new equipment, like an oven, refrigerator and work tables which allowed the school to make this room a second kitchen for the baking class.
"Having this extra equipment really changed the program for us," said Ramsey.
Ramsey says more space means the program is able to accommodate its 80 culinary arts students. And those students say it has been a better experience for them.
“We can do more things here now instead of sharing kitchens with the other class,” said Alesia Christensen, student.
A benefit for the students: the new equipment is equipment that you'd see in a commercial kitchen.
"If we ever go into an actual kitchen or get a job for culinary arts, we'll know how it operates," said Danielle Chant, student.
Could be the recipe for success.