Christmas creations

After two training sessions from Tenaya Lodge chefs, Yosemite High School culinary class students were well prepared to create their own gingerbread houses last week.

Dena Boortz, director of Child Nutrition Services, split her 32 students into 16 teams to design, bake, and decorate their creations. Each gingerbread house took the teams about six hours to complete. Some of the houses were donated to area organizations.

“The gingerbead house project enables students to work together in design, production and the decoration process,” Boortz said. “Students are provided a sample design template, recipes for the gingerbead, and icing. Then they are able to use their imaginations and teamwork to create the final projects. This year’s house have been exceptional.”

There are a number of other upcoming culinary course projects including: student-planned catered lunches, desserts for YHS Music Department’s “Night on the Town,” sushi making with Tenaya Lodge staff, and the Care Skills Challenge competition at Fresno City College.

Currently, YHS offers seven ROP courses besides Culinary Arts & Hospitality. These courses include: Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Auto Technology, Arc/Oxy Welding, Small Business Management, Veterinary Science and Digital Media. Other potential course to be offered in school year 2015-2016 include: Criminal Investigation/Criminal Justice, Ornamental Horticulture, and Agricultural Maintenance and Construction.

Yosemite High School ROP course are supported by the Fresno County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program (ROP), which offers career technical education programs that empower students to make meaningful career choices by providing opportunities to explore their interests, develop career skills, and reinforces academics; ROP also offers a wide range of additional educational benefits, including college credit for qualifying courses, industry certification, and internships when appropriate.

Offering more than 148 course in various career paths, Fresno ROP is available to high school students (16 years of age or in grades 11 or12) and adults, preparing them for further education at colleges and universities, employment, or advanced technical training. Areas of study include agriculture, arts, media and entrainment, business, engineering technology, health, home economics careers and technology, industrial and technology, and public and human services. Credentialed teachers with work experience in their subject area enrich classes with their first-hand knowledge.

- Staff report