Friday, October 01, 2010

The Key Ingredients for Success…An Investment in the Future

The District School Board of Pasco County is excited to announce the ground breaking of Land O’ Lakes High Schools Culinary Arts Academy’s world class training facility.  This exciting new Certified Career Academy allows students the opportunity to gain the important skills needed to succeed in high skill/high wage careers within the emerging fields of Culinary Arts and Agriculture. 

The Academy features a state-of-the-art facility that includes three distinct training kitchens, a theatre style 60-seat class room/laboratory with a fully functional demonstration station and video technology that feeds throughout the entire facility. Demonstrations can be viewed on flat panel screens located in every kitchen.   Each kitchen is designed with the learner in mind. The building design has a built in expansion component for growth.  The Academy will open with a District partner, the Food and Nutrition Services Department, to share the facility and serve Café style lunches to the staff, visitors and community.

The Academy of Culinary Arts will have a cutting edge emphasis on natural, sustainable cuisine and local agriculture. The local agriculture program will collaborate with the academy to introduce the freshest campus-grown ingredients.  Together this partnership will afford students the opportunity to learn about the science and appreciation of foods as they cultivate vegetable and meat products from the field to the table.

The Curriculum will feature the Florida ProStart Certificate of Achievement and the program of study will lead students to the ServSafe Food Safety Certificate, American Culinarian Federation Certifications and post secondary articulation.  Partners already include:  The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Tampa and Johnson and Wales University.

The Academy was destined for success right from the start.  A team of dedicated school and business stakeholders have worked collaboratively to design a training facility that will provide learning opportunities both in the form of observing instructors while they explain their cooking, and by including work stations for students to learn through hands-on practice.  Through an intense research and development initiative and the input of culinary professionals throughout the state and the country the Land O’ Lakes Academy of Culinary Arts facility will truly be a “World Class Culinary Training Facility.”  Please join us as we celebrate the ground breaking of this important project:

Ground Breaking Ceremony
October 6, 2010
9:00 a.m.

Land O' Lakes High School
20325 Gator Lane
Land O' Lakes, FL  34638