Welcome to the NCTA Culinary Arts Program! 

    Chef Hildahl will be teaching two class sessions each day. Class meets in the AM (8-10:30) and the PM (11:30-2).  School starts on Wednesday, September 2nd!  We will be accessing class materials through Google Classroom.  Each student will have an account issued through the Mount Vernon School District. 


    On an interim basis, we will be providing Culinary Arts instruction on virtual platforms through google classroom and zoom. A hybrid model with a combination of in person and virtual instruction will be provided in the future when approved. 


    Culinary Arts combines culinary curriculum with on the job training in a commercial setting, open to the public. Students deal with customers, production deadlines, and actual job functions. The students receive instruction in kitchen Procedures, deli and barista operations, baking/food production, banquet and catering service, customer service, and introduction to management and leadership. Students leave prepared for entry level employment and/or culinary college.


    The Culinary Arts program showcases a state of the art demonstration kitchen designed like a television studio with video and display capability highlighting the exciting world of Culinary Arts. This program offers students ample opportunity to experience the real world of work by preparing and serving food for the public during banquets, meetings, celebrations, of course as part of our Bytes Delicatessen located in the main commons area of the Academy.


    As an Affiliated ProStart school, we are partners with the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation and National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. By bringing together the industry and the classroom, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. Opportunities for students enrolled in a ProStart program include scholarship opportunities, articulation agreements, and national certifications.


    This is a year-long program (September - June) running daily from Monday through Friday. Two sessions are offered daily: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 am and 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


    Culinary Arts—Year 1 High School Credits earned: 1.0 Technical Math, 1.0 English, 1.0 Occupational  Ed. Up to 6 CTE Dual credits are available via Skagit Valley College in Culinary Arts and hospitality Management pathway.   


    Culinary Arts—Year 2 High School Credits earned: 1.0 English, 2.0 Occupational  Ed


    See your high school counselor for details. High School students may also earn up to 9 college credits through the Tech Prep articulation process. Students must meet all Tech Prep requirements in order to receive college credit. See your Academy instructor for details.


    Health and industry regulations require that each student obtain a food handlers card to participate in the Culinary Arts program. Your Academy instructor will provide details on this process. Industry exam and uniform fees may apply. Contact the program instructor for details, Mr. Lyle Hildahl at 848.0706 ext. 4011 or lhildahl@nwtech.k12.wa.us.