Whisking up Success with Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Three students in baking smocks and hats squeeze pastry bags to create frosting roses.
Transform into a pro in the kitchen as you use the science of baking to turn ingredients into delectable items. Create breads, pizzas, cakes, cookies and pastries as a culinary artist. Learn to handle food safely while weighing and measuring for recipes. Frost cakes in sweet styles. Dive into merchandising and customer relations as you operate a retail bakery. Discover this recipe for a fulfilling and stomach-filling career.

What You Can Learn

Units of Study

  • Orientation and Shop Safety
  • 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

What You Can Earn

Available High School Academic Credits
At district request, students may earn:
  • English
Licensing/Industry-Based Certifications
Students have opportunities to earn:
  • ServeSafe Food Handler Certification
Work-Based Learning
Organizations that support this program:
  • Ancient Grains
  • Etna Italian Pastry Shop
  • Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
  • Nuts Corners
  • Savoia Pastry Shoppe
  • Tops Markets
  • Wegmans

Where You Can Go

Career Opportunities
Minimal Requirement Beyond CTE
  • Baker
  • Bakery Store Clerk
  • Pastry Cook
  • Bagel Maker
  • Fryer
Additional Education and/or Experience
  • Cake Decorator
  • Head pastry chef
  • Chocolatier
  • Bakery Manager
  • Bakery Owner
Postsecondary Pathways
Dual Enrollment
  • Monroe Community College
Articulation Agreements
  • Alfred State
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Sullivan University


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.
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Getting Started

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.