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Culinary Assistant Training Program

Culinary Assistant Training Program
Portland Community College
Culinary Assistant Training Program
12000 SW 49th Avenue
SY- SS 201
Portland, OR 97219
Program Contact Chris Brady, MA
Phone 971.722.4305

The Culinary Assistant Program is a unique, accredited, three-term certificate program specifically designed to educate and train individuals with cognitive, intellectual, and/or other various disabilities.  The program helps students gain the skills necessary to obtain employment in a large scale cafeteria setting. The program also focuses on the acquisition of work habits and behaviors necessary to maintain competitive employment.  Please note that we list costs  for the entire one year program, which is currently $4,113.  The cost per term is $1,371.      

Program information submitted: February 24, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Accept applications year around
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 16-100
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 90.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Program accepts 12-15 students per year. Due to covid the college was shut down spring of 2020. We plan on starting backup fall 2021.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $5500.00
Program fees: $100.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

More about course access:

The college program is designed for people with disabilities. It's a combination of classroom instruction and on campus training.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes:

The college program is designed for people with disabilities. It's a combination of classroom instruction and on campus training.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Less than one year certificate - Culinary Assistant Certificate
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time