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Culinary Academy

Since its implementation in 2003, the Culinary Academy has trained almost 300 inmates in basic food service skills to prepare them for jobs following their release
This nine-week program provides intensive instruction in food handling and food preparation skills needed for employment in the food service industry.
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Students in the Culinary Academy:
Develop basic skills for preparing, soups and stocks, starches, vegetables and proteins.
Learn essential techniques in bread baking, cake baking and decorating.
Are selected through a competitive program that requires a high school diploma or GED
Receive a ServSafe Certificate.
Graduates are now working as line cooks, prep cooks, kitchen managers and chefs at a variety of restaurants and institutions.
The main Culinary Arts Program for male inmates is located at the DOC’s Training Academy in Elizabethtown. SCI Waymart also runs a culinary program.
SCI Muncy is currently renovating and expanding its kitchen to accommodate a new Culinary Academy for female inmates.
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Muncy's new kitchen
Employers interested in learning more about this program or the inmates who completed the course should email the DOC at ra-contactdoc@pa.gov