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Culinary Arts & Hospitality


About Culinary Arts & Hospitality

The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation sector provides students with the academic and technical preparation necessary to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in these related and growing industries.  The sector encompasses three distinct, yet interrelated, career pathways: Food Science Dietetics, and Nutrition; Culinary Arts & Hospitality; and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation.

How big is the industry?

The U.S. Department of Commerce projects international travel to the United States should grow by 3 percent annually through 2018. The U.S. leads the world in international travel and tourism exports, and travel and tourism is the top services export, accounting for 25 percent of all U.S. services exports.

What about CA?

Leisure & hospitality is projected to add 7,600 jobs in Ventura County which is the 3rd largest increase in projected job growth in Ventura County. By 2016 there will be a 24.3% growth in restaurant cooks in California alone.

Is the industry growing?

Statista predicts that the hotel industry worldwide will generate $550 billion in 2016.


Hospitality and tourism actually consists of many different industries that are all combined into a vibrant and dynamic whole. Hospitality Management training graduates can find work in luxurious hotels, transportation, recreational parks, restaurants, and wineries in the Sonoma, Napa and other wine-growing regions of California.

Director of Hotel Operations, Travel Agent, Bed and Breakfast Owner, Tour Guide, Front Desk Associate, Concierge, Host/Hostess, Food and Beverage Director, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, Registered Dietitians, Executive Chef, Research Chef, Director of Sales, Marketing Director,   Banquet and Catering Director, Director of Conference Services, Meeting Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Night Auditor, Waitress, Room Service Manager, Housekeeping Supervisor, Adventure Company Owner.

The pathway focuses on the keys aspects of the industry. Students pursuing this career pathway have in-depth, hands-on experiences that  emphasize industry awareness; sanitation and safe food handling; food and beverage  production; nutrition; food service management; and customer service.


All courses are A-G approved

Foods & Nutrition I

  • Food sanitation and safety
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Food preparation

Foods & Nutrition II

  • Relationship of nutrition to health and well-being
  • Meal Management
  • Food in culture
  • Food cost and production

Food & Hospitality Services

  • ProStart curriculum & certification
  • Articulation with Oxnard College
  • Internship with  local businesses