Culinary students honor first responders with dinner

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CTC of Lackawanna County culinary students prepared the 10th Annual First Responder Recognition Luncheon, near the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Students in the culinary program at the Career Technology Center (CTC) of Lackawanna County practiced their cooking skills and showed gratitude during a special dinner honoring first responders. As part of the annual event held around the anniversary of 9/11, students prepared Bolognese and fresh vegetables in the school’s kitchen and welcomed members of the Scranton Police and Fire departments to the facility’s restaurant to enjoy.

In an article on, culinary student Ashyia Blakey said giving back to the first responders was a meaningful experience. “They do so much for the community…. it just means a lot to me that I can use my opportunity that I have here to give to them.”

Lackawanna CTC’s culinary arts program offers students hands-on courses that integrate safety, leadership, employability skills, mathematics, and science instruction. Instruction and on-the-job training is conducted in the fully equipped cafeteria and restaurant at the school. Students learn how to order, receive, store, prepare, manage and serve food and beverage along with measuring, mixing, and proportioning using various utensils, tools, and equipment. Upon completion of the culinary arts program, students have the qualifications to start a career in a culinary establishment or attend two- or four-year postsecondary culinary programs.

The dinner is one of several service-oriented events the CTC holds throughout the year.