Culinary Arts and Hospitality

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Bartending/Mixology

Become a bartender or improve your bartending skills. Gain mastery in cocktail preparation and techniques as well as how to recommend wine. Learn industry recipes, vernacular, product usage, sanitation, bar set-up, customer service, etiquette, garnishes, and frozen drink preparation. Become RASP/TIPS/BARS certified and gain a fundamental knowledge of NC ABC laws and regulations. While open to beginners, this course also serves as a refresher for bartenders wanting to fortify their skills. Colored water is used in class. Students must be 21 years old. 15 hours. $100

65657 Th 2/14–3/21 6–8:30 p.m. CEC 6 February 7 registration deadline

Culinary Arts Career Training Program

With more than 700 restaurants – including many national and international award winners – Durham’s food scene has turned up the heat in recent years. The Durham Tech Culinary Arts Career Training program offers students opportunities to bring their own spice to the kitchen. The program provides opportunities for culinary training, travel to local culinary establishments, network with food service professionals, and participate in seminars on entrepreneurship. Students may become certified in two industry relevant certifications from the National Restaurant Associations.

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ServSafe (Food Safety Training)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation training program. It is designed for experienced food service employees and managers who need to comply with local and state health department requirements for food manager/food handler certification or recertification. Key topics include contamination and food-borne illnesses; food protection; HACCP; cleaning, sanitizing, and accident prevention. At least one certified manager must be present at all hours of food service operation. During an inspection, the establishment will lose two points if a certified manager isn’t present. Required Textbook: ServSafe Manager Book, 7th edition, (English, with Answer Key for Paper and Pencil) ISBN#: 9780134812335, must be brought to class on first day. The textbook can be purchased online on the ServSafe website. 16 hours. $75 (This is a self-supporting course; no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed)

65656 Sat 2/2–2/23 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 1-103 September 28 registration deadline

START Careers in Hotel and Lodging

Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the START program provides students with real-world knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. START (Skills, Tasks, and Results Training) provides training for all divisions of a lodging operation, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, restaurant service, banquet setup, and more. This is the only hospitality training curriculum endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is supported by its network of more than 10,000 hotel owners. Students who successfully complete the START program may earn up to six industry-recognized and portable professional certifications. Students may qualify for a 40-hour externship that will connect them directly with local employers. 200 hours. $505.25

Read about the program: START Class Prepares Students for Careers in Durham, North Carolina’s New Hotels and Durham Tech showcases impact of hotel industry

This program qualifies for Financial Assistance.

65581 M-Th 1/14–5/9 6:30–9:30 p.m. DSN 106 January 7 registration deadline

Fundamentals of Event, Meeting, and, Convention Planning

The student will be introduced to meeting and convention planning and will be to plan and coordinate of special events, from large meetings to more intimate family gatherings and weddings. Topics discussed will include event design and objectives, program planning, food and beverage catering, facilities, vendors and other resources and organizations available to assist with coordination of major events. 50 hours. $130

Required textbook: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events, 2nd Edition,y Judy Allen. ISBN: 978-0470155745.

65655 MW 2/11–5/6 6–8 p.m. CEC 6-108 February 4 registration deadline

Lodging Housekeeping Operatons

Interested in getting employment in the growing hotel industry in the area? This one week course provides technical skills training and hands on experience in hotel guest room cleaning, room inspection, cleaning chemicals and their use, team and guest relations. Job placement services such as interviewing techniques and resume writing will be provided to all students who successfully complete the course. Industry hiring managers will interview students on the last day of class. 20 hours. $75

65626 M-F 2/11–2/15 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 February 4 registration deadline
65630 M-F 3/11–3/15 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 March 4 registration deadline
65631 M-F 5/6–5/10 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 May 1 registration deadline