Food Service

​Food Service Program is a two-part course that prepares individuals with disabilities to work in the food service industry. Tier 1 is a 12-week program that covers all of the basics of food service. Tier 2 will be an additional 4 weeks that includes an advanced curriculum for qualified students to learn: food prep skills, basic operation and care of kitchen equipment, and earn ServSafe Certification.

Training Includes:

  • Customer service 
  • Basic food handling &  preparation
  • Portions 
  • Weights & measures
  • Utensils 
  • Food service terms
  • Safety & sanitation procedures
  • ServSafe instruction

Program Requirements:

  • Be tactful and work well with others
  • Follow verbal instructions
  • Have a negative PPD/tuberculosis test 
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Lift and carry heavy trays and food containers
  • Stoop, bend and stretch

Employment Outlook:

Employment opportunities for food service workers are expected to grow by 9% during the next 10 years.  Average hourly wage in Maryland is $8.75.

A man dishes out food to students waiting in a cafeteria line.

WTC food service students get hands-on experience in customer service and food prep in the WTC cafeteria and kitchen.

A man puts french fries into a deep fryer in a commercial kitchen.