Students Jada Smith (left) and Janiya Smith are two of several interns getting some hands-on experience working in a commercial kitchen, thanks to a new program between the MHS Culinary Arts classes and the school corporation’s Food Service Department.
The interns are helping the high school Food Service staff prepare nutritious food for hungry high schoolers in the Freshman and Main Cafeterias. The interns do a variety of things: portion fruit, wrap fruits and veggies, serve, clean up, sweep, mop, etc.
Not only are they getting some great experience in using equipment, customer service, and basic food safety, but they are also getting graded for their efforts by their teacher Patti Tubbs.
“The internship is especially great for students who would otherwise be unable to get work experience because of transportation issues,” said Ms. Tubbs.
In addition, due to a labor shortage, the Culinary students are a welcome addition to the staff.
“They are a pleasure to have as helpers,” said Penny Parmley, MHS cafeteria manager.