Culinary Arts Tech Prep/College in the High School

Albany Campus

Culinary Arts Tech Prep enables high school seniors to earn up to nine credit hours through SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC), 15 credit hours through Johnson & Wales University (transferable from SUNY SCCC), and certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) ACCESS program. Students who take Culinary Arts as juniors may move up to Tech Prep as seniors, or seniors may enroll in Tech Prep as a one-year course.

Students learn in the classroom, kitchen, Café Anders and the dining room. They also participate in public service events and culinary skills competitions. Career & Tech is an ACF Blue Ribbon ACCESS School.

Interested students must submit a transcript and application. (If you are unable to access a form, please notify us of the issue.)

This program is a direct pathway into the culinary program at SUNY Schenectady County Community College.

Academic Prerequisites 

  • English – 3 units
  • Math – Course I
  • Keyboarding
  • Biology or chemistry

Professional Requirements

  • Black work shoes
  • Checkered pants
  • Name tag
  • Calculator
  • Food thermometer

Watch A Video About Our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program

Watch Our Culinary Students Prepare Creole Chicken

Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school