Culinary Arts Program
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Offers Culinary Instruction at Tilly Foster
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Career and Technical Center is offering culinary programs at the Tilly Foster Educational Institute for high school students interested in beginning careers in food service after graduation and for special needs students transitioning to independent or supported employment.
In the Food Service Preparation Assistant course, students learn everything they need to know from set up to clean up, including following recipes, converting measurements, applying cooking methods and using commercial equipment. The program includes units on soups, vegetables, meats, salads, sandwiches and desserts. They also learn safety and sanitation.
In the Food Service Transition to Work course, the focus is on internships that introduce special needs students to the food service business. Students review measurement, proper use of equipment and sanitation standards. Internships teach students how to communicate with management and fellow workers, as well as how to follow culinary practices appropriate to the job site. For more information about the Culinary Arts program, contact Karen Carey: 914-248-2427.
In addition to the BOCES program, the Educational Institute hosts part of a 4H Junior Vet course, which is offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Children participating in this program get hands on with Tilly Foster Farm animal residents and learn about their general care, health and handling, in addition to the basics of reading animal body language and training.
In the future, the Institute expects to expand services and educational opportunities, including courses in Veterinary Science and Agriculture, as well adult continuing education, and early intervention pre-K.
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Dr. Lynn Allen
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
Educational Institute News
Ribbon Cutting Video
CARMEL, NY – On Tuesday, September 13th, County Executive MaryEllen Odell with Dr. James M. Ryan, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, announced the official opening of the new Tilly Foster Educational Institute at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were taken on a tour of the facility’s state of the art test kitchen and classrooms, where they were greeted by BOCES students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program.