By Tyler Beck
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
Culinary Arts Instructor Corbett Day of the Capital Area Career Center celebrated the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program’s achievements at the Sept. 17 Ingham Intermediate Board of Education meeting.
“Our ProStart program offers four disciplines,” said Day. “We have ServSafe, nutrition, management and culinary teams.”
The programs compete at the state and national level, and are very demanding.
“ProStart is by far the largest investment of time and finances,” Day said. “We ask our students and parents for 400 hours of practice outside of school.”
The ProStart team also attended the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago this past May, putting their skills on display for the industry during the World Culinary Showcase.
“Our team got to meet Sid from ‘Deadliest Catch’, and even work with some famous chefs such as Marc Murphy from the Food Network,” Day said.
The Capital Area Career Center, on Hagadorn Road in Mason, underwent renovations, which included revamping the culinary arts classrooms.
“Renovations began in the summer, and the facilities were outdated, especially the culinary,” said Nancy Stanley, president of the Ingham Intermediate Board of Education. “We wanted a good, clean and updated area for students to learn.”
The Board also discussed authorizing the superintendent to give the VersaTrans routing software and services to the Lansing School District, in the event that the Lansing School District chooses to join the General Education Transportation Consortium. VersaTrans is a software that helps school districts manage and direct their transportation systems.
The GE Transportation Consortium includes Dansville, Webberville, East Lansing and Stockbridge. Dean Transportation is the vender for the consortium.
The decision to sell software and possibly services to Lansing School District will be made during the Oct. 15 meeting.
The Board of Education also discussed altering the 457(b) retirement plan, to be administered by a third party for processing and compliance, eliminating the original trust established in 2003 and providing more investment options.
“The new plan will save money for both employees and the Ingham Intermediate School District, as well as create more options for and improve the legality of the retirement plans,” said Superintendent Stanley Kogut, Jr.
The Board of Education will act on the proposed changes during the meeting next month.