Culinary Arts students at Sollers Point Technical High School in Dundalk, Maryland, are getting some real-life experience and a jump start on a trade by serving up the fruits of their labors in a food trailer created by the district’s career and technical education (CTE) program, WBAL-TV (NBC affiliate) reports.
This INCREDIBLE Food Truck is the result of a lot of hard work, innovation & a passion for creating opportunities for our Ss to see relevance in curriculum! Congrats to our Ss chefs, their AMAZING Ts and our incredible @CTE_BaltCoPS team! (And btw the cauliflower tacos were 🔥!) pic.twitter.com/nowHcrDPHQ
— Megan Shay (@megpshay) September 20, 2021
“It’s hard for [students] to get jobs because they have no experience,” the station quoted Jeffrey Smith, culinary instructor at the high school, as saying. “So, they’ll at least be able to put this on the résumé, and they’ll be ready for the job when they get to the job.”
The truck was built by Baltimore County Public Schools, and the first CTE program to use it is the culinary arts magnet program at Sollers Point.
The high school also offers CTE programs in building and construction technology, diesel truck and power systems, biomedical sciences, cosmetology, computer networking and cybersecurity, computer science and cybersecurity, and automotive services. The school will host an open house for Baltimore County students who might be interested in applying on October 25.
For the trailer’s initial parking spot, BCPS “chose Sollers because we already have cafes at Eastern Technical High School and George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Western Tech already does a lot of catering. In addition, Chef Smith at Sollers has experience running his own restaurant and was especially enthusiastic about this project,” said MiVida Parham, CTE technical programs supervisor for the district, who first envisioned a food truck project five years ago.
The 18-foot mobile restaurant features a refrigerator, freezer, cooktops, fryers, air conditioning, and a service bay.