Culinary Arts (First Period- Pre-Employment Cooking) Dual Credit Program

Culinary ArtsWould you like to attend college while still in high school? Are you interested in the food service industry? Did you graduate from high school last year, but are unsure of the next steps in your academic career and are considering returning for a 4th year of high school? If you have said yes to any of these questions, then the First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program would be perfect for you!

Aspen View Public Schools has partnered with Portage College to offer a First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program to high school students. Dual credit programs allow high school students to take college courses and earn both high school and post-secondary credits at the same time.

The First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program provides the knowledge and skills required to prepare students for professional entry into the food service industry. The program uses a blended delivery format (partly online and partly in a professional kitchen) to provide participants with a solid foundation in Culinary Arts equivalent to First Period Apprenticeship cook training.

What are the Benefits of this Dual Credit Program?

  • Upon successful completion of the First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program, students will receive 15 high school credits and will also receive a post-secondary Pre-Employment Cooking Certificate.
  • Dual credit programs help to prepare high school students for a post-secondary environment and eases the transition from high school to college.
  • Many students' high school grades are positively impacted when they participate in a dual credit program because it highlights the need for education as they consider their future careers.
  • The First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program provides a significant savings for students and parents on the cost of tuition because the tuition fees are covered by Aspen View Public School Division from CEU generated funds.
  • Time and money invested in education at a post-secondary level can be significant. Exposure to courses earlier on can assist in determining if a specific career is the right choice for a student.

Course Info

  • There are 20 seats available in this cohort.
  • To register, students must be:
    • in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (or be returning for a second year of Grade 12);
    • completed at minimum Math 10-3 and English 10-2;
    • able to commit to engaging in online course delivery daily for one hour for both terms of the 2018/2019 school year. Course theory delivery is asynchronous, but time needs to be dedicated daily for course work.
  • Classes are delivered online by a Portage College instructor (red seal chef) using an interactive online system called Moodle, and using videos accessed through Rouxbe. The course is also supported by 14 days of face-to-face labs in St. Paul.
  • Classes run from September 4, 2018 to June 20, 2019.
  • For more info, visit the Aspen View Public Schools website at


  • It costs $5597.98 for a student to take the First Period Culinary Arts (Pre-Employment Cooking) dual credit program:
    • Aspen View pays for:
      • all costs associated with Tuition ($2652.95), 14 Nights' Accommodation and Supervision at St. Paul ($1546.30), Books, Knives and Resources ($884.73). These costs will be invoiced directly to Aspen View Public Schools.
    • Students pay for:
      • the Apparel Kit ($324.00), meals while at their practicum ($190.00), their spending money (as determined by the student and parent/guardian) and the cost incurred to get to and from the labs in St. Paul.

How Do I Apply?

  • Applications are available here.
  • Contact Donna Wesley at Aspen View Public Schools at 780-675-7080 ext.05, by cell at 780-554-8870 or by email at
  • Application deadline: August 1, 2018. Late applications will be considered if they are received before August 31, 2018, and if there are still seats available.
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