CA2C Students Earn Industry Certification

October 26, 2021 - Congratulations CA2C industry certified students! Just one quarter into the school year, CA2C (a.k.a. Culinary Arts to Careers Program), celebrated its students’ achievements. All students have earned their ServSafe SafeStaff Certification.  The CA2C pilot culinary arts program is offered to Sarasota County School ACCESS Student Seniors at Suncoast Technical College (STC). Students have the opportunity to enroll and earn four high school credit hours through STC’s Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program. In addition to earning their industry certification, students have the ability to participate in hands-on culinary training in the professional kitchen at STC’s Bistro 502. Students are also introduced to propagation of seedlings, growing plants, and composting. From farm to table, students are truly learning food from the ground up. The CA2C Program offers both morning and afternoon sessions, which are half-day, five days per week.

The CA2C Industry Certification Ceremony (complete with food and refreshments prepared by CA2C Students), was attended by families, friends, instructors, and administrators. Students were presented their Industry Certifications by Instructor Chef Jim Blow who stated, “Although they have learned a lot from me, I can honestly say that I have learned more from them.”

Program Coordinator Kathleen Mattingly said “CA2C students are being trained not only in culinary skills but are receiving life skills for adaptive and positive behavior that will enable them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life and work.  Communication, interpersonal skills, decision-making, creativity, teamwork, and work ethics are strong components instilled each and every day.  Responsibility to ride the bus, enter the building as a new STC student, change into their formal attire, be ready for class in the culinary lab each day, follow directions, learn to communicate and work closely with their peers and fellow STC students attending the Culinary Arts program.  Inclusion is so very important as we strive for excellence in the workplace, post-graduation.”

Suncoast Technical College and Sarasota County Schools would like to congratulate Lexi Alvarez (Oak Park), Jennifer Beyer (Oak Park), Sonja Calhoun (Booker), Kanye Collins (Booker), Jaylin Duclet (North Port), Andrew Feduccia (Riverview), Frantchie Hubert (Oak Park), Jaheem Johnson (Oak Park), Larry Lee (Booker), and Spencer Ostrowski (Oak Park) on their accomplishments. To learn more about the CA2C Program, please contact Kathleen Mattingly at or at 941-9000 x3612.