Culinary Arts Tech Prep/College in the High School

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From sous chef to executive chef to restaurant owner, the culinary industries offer a world of career possibilities.

The Culinary Arts Tech Prep/College in the High School Program at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) enables high school seniors to earn up to:

  • 11 credit hours through Schenectady County Community College (SCCC)
  • 15 credit hours through Johnson & Wales University transferable from SCCC 
  • certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) ACCESS program

Learning happens on campus in the classroom and professional kitchen, dining room and Cafe Anders, a student-run restaurant that is open to the public.

Culinary Arts Tech Prep students participate in a 10-week internship and in a variety of public service events and culinary skills competitions. Students may also test for the National Restaurant Associations ServSafe Sanitation certification.

Students who take Culinary Arts & Hospitality Technology as juniors may move up to Tech Prep/College In The High School as seniors. Seniors may enroll in Culinary Arts Tech Prep/CITHS as a one-year, stand-alone course.

Students may compete for scholarships at several colleges and universities. A number of students from both campuses earn such awards each year and gain valuable financial assistance for college.

Culinary Arts & Hospitality programs at the Albany campus are certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as ACF ACCESS programs. Faculty are ACF Certified Executive Chefs (CECs) and Certified Chef Educators (CCEs). Career & Tech is an ACF Blue Ribbon ACCESS School.

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 Students in Action 

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