Culinary Opportunities

A Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Culinary Opportunity Program for Adult Students with Developmental Disabilities is back!

This Culinary program has been designed for students with developmental disabilities and will offer a Certificate of Completion to students who complete all 72 hours of instruction. The curriculum affords an introduction to the skills needed to be successful in a food production environment.

Redesigned for students who have both the physical and intellectual capacity, as well as the desire, to become a member of the workforce, this 72-hour job preparation program will incorporate culinary and baking skills, Serv-Safe certification, resume preparation and the opportunity to meet potential employers.

The goal of this program is to teach basic culinary skills that may transfer to employment with local supermarkets, restaurants and fast food establishments. This course is not meant to teach independence skills in preparing food for oneself, as this is a prevocational training program.

These are great programs for young adults and transitional high school students with developmental disabilities. Families may be eligible for funding from their service providers. Talk with your transition coordinator, DDD or DVR counselor for more information.

Course topics include:

Serv-Safe Food Handler


Tools and Equipment

Knife Skills

Mise en Place

Principles of Cooking

Menus and Recipes

Stocks and Sauces


Eggs and Breakfast

Plate Presentation

Tools and Equipment for the Bakeshop

Principles of the Bakeshop

Quick Breads

Pies, Pastries and Cookies

Cakes and Frostings

Optimal Resume

Buffet Presentation

Prospective students will be welcomed into this non-credit program under the auspices of the Center for Workforce Development Program. Limited to 8 students per session. Please note that certification requires full participation in the course and lab experiences.

INSTRUCTOR:  Mark Cosgrove, CHE, MA

Course Code #: 28601

18 Sessions: 72 hours, CEU 7.2

Location: On campus at Student Community Center, SCC 240

Time:  9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wed, Jan 27-May 20 (New dates)

Cost: $2,999

Student Attributes for Participation and Success

A student entering this program will be expected to exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Each student is responsible for their own self-care: This includes personal hygiene and maintaining a clean uniform and professional appearance. (We will study this further in Serv-Safe Food Handling.)
  • No inappropriate outbursts and the ability to self-monitor and self-regulate behavior, use of appropriate language and actions. (Please see the CCM Student Code of Conduct (p. 22) in the CCM Student Handbook for rules and regulations.
  • Behavior appropriate for the workplace including public arena. Applicant must be able to self-regulate and be aware of his/her own body in space
  • Self-Manage the work task
  • Self-Motivated in managing the work
  • Able to organize work flow
  • Respect for others
  • Effectively manage mild stress (e.g. time demands)
  • Able to work in a team or individually
  • Remain organized during tasks and classwork
  • Cognitive and psychomotor skills sufficient to function in a culinary environment and be able to understand basic instructions and carry out those instructions, consistently with moderate supervision.
  • Read, comprehend and follow basic directions and recipes, including the transfer to action.
  • Ability to recognize a hazardous/unsafe situation/environment and act upon it appropriately.
  • Reasoning sufficient to understand a critique and correction of work and/or constructive criticism.
  • Read, comprehend and follow basic directions and recipes, including the transfer to action.
  • Sustained attention to workload over time and goal achievement.
  • The student has the desire and motivation to participate in a pre-vocational college experience. Willing to learn about and use commercial kitchen equipment such as mixers, gas stoves, hoods, convection ovens, and dishwashers. Can use basic technology (cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.).
  • Can self-administer medications.
  • Able to communicate with others and express needs
  • Able to handle changes in routine and can be flexible in fluctuating circumstances

Questions? Contact Workforce Development at or 973-328-5187