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

College Credits

MCC Dual Enrollment

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

coming soon!

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


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.
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