• Restaurant Entrepreneurship and Management (REM)

    Beginning in September 2018, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) will be offering a new program in Restaurant Entrepreneurship and Management (REM).  The REM Program is funded by a County Vocational School District Partnership Grant through the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education.  Other schools involved in the REM partnership grant include South Bound Brook School District, Watchung Hills Regional High School District and Raritan Valley Community College.

    The REM Program is a four-year career pathway emphasizing social, entrepreneurial, technical and academic skills, while preparing youth for employment, starting their own businesses and advancing their education in restaurant, culinary and catering management. Students will obtain fundamentals in Restaurant Management by learning industry best practices and progress to overseeing the TradeWins Restaurant at SCVTHS.  Students in the Program will be able to obtain industry recognized certifications and compete in local, state and national competitions.

    Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools Superintendent Dr. Chrys Harttraft stated, “This program, similar to other career education programs, will incorporate workplace readiness skill acquisition such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication while enabling students to develop and practice soft skills such as teamwork, punctuality and the ability to follow directions.”

    Students graduating from the REM Program will be prepared for immediate employment, post-secondary training, or continue their education in college in the hospitality related fields such as Food and Beverage Management or Business Management at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC).  Students may also  exercise their entrepreneurial knowledge by starting their own restaurant or catering service. 

    Additional benefits of the Program include opportunities for internships and job shadowing to further enhance the students’ technical skills.  A summer bridge program will also be developed to transition middle school students into the REM high school program.

     

    Curriculum

    Year 1
    Culinary Arts I–
    Introduction to Baking Applications and Service/Hospitality Concepts

    Year 2
    Culinary Arts II–
    Food Preparation and Service Techniques

    Year 3
    Restaurant Entrepreneurship and Management (REM) – Year 1

    Year 4
    Restaurant Entrepreneurship and Management (REM) – Year 2

     

    Future Careers

    Prep/Line Cook/Chef
    Caterer
    Baker
    Restaurant Wait Staff
    Restaurant Manager
    Hotel/Motel Manager
    Banquet Manager
    Restaurant Owner

     

    Classes meet for 3 periods/2 hours per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students accepted per year: 20

    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES

    Opportunity to earn college credits: YES

     Possible Certifications: Servsafe, OSHA 10, HTMP