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Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom
Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

The newly renovated space also features six identical work areas, complete with gas burners, flat top griddles, gas grills, gas ovens, worktables and sinks.  For inspiration, Tech Center staff visited other sites such as the Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College of Muskegon.

Careerline Tech Center is operated by Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. CTC offers training in 23 career areas for juniors and seniors from public and private high schools in Allendale, Coopersville, Grand Haven, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, West Ottawa, and Zeeland.

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