Baking

Develop Some Sweet Skills!

Three students in baking smocks and hats squeeze pastry bags to create frosting roses.
Students plan and prepare baked goods: breads, pizza, rolls, cakes, cookies and pastries. Students use culinary equipment and learn proper food handling procedures. This course includes merchandising, customer relations, and the opportunity to operate a retail bakery. The baking program is completed in one year and may be taken either as a junior or a senior.

Units of Study

Orientation and Shop Safety, plus:

  • Food Safety and Sanitation/ Receiving/ Storing
  • Science of Gluten
  • Food Service Tools and Equipment
  • Knife Cuts
  • Cookies
  • Weights/ Measurements/ Baking Math
  • Identification and Preparation of Ingredients
  • Cakes/ Icings/ Decoration
  • Yeast Breads/ Pizza
  • Productivity and Quality
  • Merchandising of Products
  • Pies/Pastries/ Fruit 
  • Fillings/Custards
  • Laminated/ Sweet Dough
  • Quick Breads/ Donuts
  • Dessert Plating
  • Portfolios

Articulation Agreements

  • Alfred State College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Sullivan University
  • SUNY Erie Community College

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

ServeSafe Food Handler Certification


Career Opportunities

Professional Outlook

Bakers: 1.4% projected growth in jobs from 2018-28.
 
Median Finger Lakes region salary: $35,660 per year (in 2021).

Source: NYS Department of Labor

Teacher

Thomas Noto
Thomas Noto worked in the baking and restaurant field prior to joining the CTE staff in 2006.  He is an Oswego College graduate with a professional career and technical education degree.  He has worked in bakeries and restaurants since he was 7 years old, starting with a family business.  51 years later, he still has a passion to bake and cook food and to share that love with students to help them achieve their goals.

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
Intro Video
Presentation Hosted by CTE Students

Program Overview - PDF

Baking Program Information