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January 13, 2013

Cooking with Class: NTC students demo first class culinary skills

PRYOR — Students at Northeast Technology Center in Pryor demonstrate skills from the first-class culinary education they are receiving while still attending local high schools.

Kevin Crowell, a Salina High School student and Amanda Simons from Sequoyah High School put their culinary chops to work Thursday evening at the NTC Culinary Open House.
The event showcased NTC’s new facilities, that opened last fall on campus and highlighted the benefits of a career education.
Instructor Scott Van Tuyl is working with the school’s administration to grow programs, including the Culinary Arts, to help area students learn skills for a lifetime.
The program serves students and the community launching them into future careers while providing a well-trained workforce, according to Van Tuyl.
Additionally, students can earn valuable college credit that can transfer to schools including the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology or locally at Rogers State University.
“It is a great deal for students. They are getting this education for about eight dollars an hour compared to $80 or $100,” Van Tuyl said.
Van Tuyl, working in his second year as an instructor at NTC, has seen substantial growth in the program.
“We have more applicants than space available,”  Van Tuyl said.
Most of the students begin the program after their sophomore year in high school with some extending into what is known as the 13 year, he added.
The program covers a wide range of cooking skills, however the coursework is not limited to knife skills, according to Van Tuyl.
Behind the scenes, students learn to budget, manage and serve along with other aspects of restaurant operations.
After completion of the program, students are prepared for entry-level culinary positions or to complete a post secondary education.
The program provides a unique opportunity as students get to work with large quantities and a varieties of foods.

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