El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) employees were incredibly thankful on Friday, November 11, to be treated to a Thanksgiving feast provided by the students at Charter College and Career Prep.
The annual event, in which CCP culinary students make a Thanksgiving buffet and student council serves it, has occurred before Thanksgiving recess for over twenty years. This unifying meal provides both a culture of appreciation for the staff and a certainty that students will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
“This is a fun, hands-on event,” said CCP principal Fred Mier, “While culinary students experience the real-world difficulty of cooking for a large event, they also get to see the outcome of their hard work through the satisfied faces of everyone enjoying the food they’ve created.”
This joint project between EDCOE maintenance, who set up the dining area; culinary arts students, who prepared the meal; and student council, who plated the dishes and hosted the event served approximately 200 people this year. Approximately half of those served were fellow students of CCP.
“Participating in the Thanksgiving feast is really great, It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other,” stated Angelica Meza-Sandoval, student-body secretary, between serving scoops of mashed potatoes, “The events that the student council put on are so amazing. They’ve shown me that being involved in school is so much more rewarding than just being in school.”
The culinary arts and student body programs at Charter College & Career Prep is an example of the many ways Charter Alternative Programs help guide students toward a successful transition into higher education and the workforce. Additional information about Charter College & Career Prep may be found at http://charter.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 295-2259.
Bryan Jimenez, tenth grade, sweetens pumpkin pie with a little whipped cream
We offer a full-day academic program where students can successfully earn a middle and high school diploma following California State Standards through engaging and rigorous curriculum. We offer a variety of hands-on electives to engage student imaginations. Among our priorities is to develop college and work ready skills, as well as provide advanced education opportunities that broaden options to succeed in the 21st century.
The program offers many advantages:
The newly christened Charter College & Career Prep has started this school year with a myriad of new services that emphasize early college participation and success, as well as a curriculum rich with hands-on learning experiences. The program, which is located at the El Dorado County Office of Education in Placerville, merged two charter programs to create greater opportunities for students.
“What makes this new school truly remarkable is that we now have so many engaging programs that help students succeed in their adult lives, regardless of whether their plans are to go to college or straight into the workforce,” noted Principal Fred Mier. “We are proud of our new Advanced Education Program as well as the many applied learning courses we can now offer our students in our state-of-the-art school facility.”
The Advanced Education Program allows the Charter students to take community college courses concurrently during high school for free while earning both college and high school credits. Charter College & Career Prep and the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center (conveniently located next door) work together to support students in their efforts through planning and meeting with each student. A Folsom Lake College Outreach Specialist meets with students twice a month to help streamline college enrollment and to ensure students have a positive and successful first experience at FLC.
“This school honestly gets better every year,” senior Dakoda Carverreflected, “In a normal school, no one knows anyone and you just go to get it done. Here, every teacher knows every student and can help them customize their high school experience to their future goals.”
The school also engages students with hands-on classes such as Culinary Arts, Maker Space, Robotics, and an Outdoor Wilderness Survival Skills course. This spring, Charter will also roll out a drone piloting and operator’s training course. This cutting-edge program will allow students to become trained and certified in the fastest-growing segment of the aviation industry. “A career in the exciting and rewarding field of unmanned aviation can earn a six-figure salary for highly-skilled pilots,” noted Doug Booker, a teacher at the school. “Allowing these students to begin their training now gives them an enormous advantage in beginning their careers.”
The combination of the early college program and applied learning opportunities have proven very popular with the students as well.
“Culinary Arts is great because it is a life skill and prepares us for adulthood. This is an opportunity that most charters don’t have. Here, we have good food and good people,” remarked student Noelle Green.
Pictured above: Noelle Green displays her ingredients during a breakfast preparation in Culinary Arts class.
Pictured above: Bryan Jimenez, Elias Brown, Alexander Camancho practice mincing in Culinary Arts class.
The Advanced Education and applied learning programs at Charter College & Career Prep are examples of the many ways Charter Alternative Programs help guide students toward a successful transition into higher education and the workforce. Additional information about Charter College & Career Prep may be found at http://charter.edcoe.org/ or by calling (530) 295-2259.
We accept student enrollment throughout the school year. The process is easy. We first meet with you to discuss how our program functions. Then, if you decide that this is the program for you, complete the enrollment paperwork, and we will assess your student in order to place them in the best classes for success. To schedule an appointment, please call Mary Calligan at (530) 295-2295.