Syllabus - Main Campus


1st Year Syllabus


CIP: 12.0500

Instructional Staff:     

            Jacob Bandstra        Ext: 2791        Email: 

            Don Henderson       Ext. 6196       Email:

                     Main Office:  (616) 364-8421 (school hours)

                     (616) 365-2300 + extension number (after hours-voice mail)      


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Course Description:

The first year Hospitality Course consists of four topics taught over the course of the year.  Approximately 80% of student’s time will be spent in the lab practicing the techniques learned in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on student technical performance, teamwork, problem solving and personal management.


·         Dining Room & Short Order Cooking

This class will introduce the student to basic American style dining room service and short order cooking and prep skills. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be prepared for an entry-level position at any casual dining restaurant as a server or a short order cook.

·         Baking

This class will introduce the student to the basics of commercial baking consisting of scaling, mixing, preparation of products, proofing, baking and frying.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be prepared for an entry-level position as a baker’s helper, donut finisher, and/or packager provided the student is eighteen years of age.

·         Culinary Arts

This class will introduce the student to basic cooking techniques. Emphasis will be placed on skills such as: knife skills, sandwich preparations, sauce preparations & variations, meat identification and cooking methods.  Extensive training will be given to the students in the area of sanitation and safety.  Upon completion of the class, the student will be prepared for an entry-level position as a prep or line cook at any casual or upscale casual kitchen in the area.

·         Intro to Hospitality

This computer and project based class is designed to give students an exposure to the various facets of the hospitality industry.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic principles including career planning, personal and educational planning/finance, human relations with an emphasis on business writing proficiency and interview skills, nutrition, menu planning and marketing and sustainable practice for the hospitality industry.



Nine Week Grading Policy:

3 Lab Courses

Intro. to


Foundation / Technical Standards



            Lab Assessments/Projects












Career / Employability Standards 



           Work Behaviors






                                     Grand Total




Semester Grading Policy:



      First Nine Weeks



      Second Nine Weeks



      Embedded Academic Credit










Student Performance Certificate:

After the end of the school year, students will be sent a proficiency certificate. This certificate can be used for employment purposes and can be added to the student’s portfolio.

Scores are issued to students to reflect the proficiency level they have achieved on a particular Industry Standard. The standard scoring scale is as follows:


0-No Attempt

1-Not Proficient

2-Beginning Proficient

3-Proficient (meets industry standard)

4-Advanced Proficient


Letter Grade Percentage  Point Range             Description

A                     100%              3.50 to 4.00               Advanced

A                     94%                3.00 to 3.49               Proficient

A-                    90%                2.80 to 2.99               Proficient

B+                   87%                2.66 to 2.79               Proficient

B                     84%                2.41 to 2.65               Proficient

B-                    80%                2.16 to 2.40               Developing

C+                   77%                1.91 to 2.15               Developing

C                     74%                1.66 to 1.90               Developing

C-                    70%                1.41 to 1.65               Developing

D+                   67%                1.16 to 1.40               Developing

D                     64%                0.91 to 1.15               Developing

D-                    60%                0.66 to 0.90               Beginning

E                     58%                0.46 to 0.65               Beginning


Pre and Post Testing:

Quarterly, students will be asked to complete pre-instruction assessments to aid the teacher in designing learning.  These assessments will be scored, but they will not affect the student grade.  It is important for a student to make their best attempt on a pre-instruction assessment to help the teacher design appropriate instruction. After instruction the student will complete a post-instruction assessment to determine how well they learned the skill.  This will be scored and will affect the student grade. 


Work Behaviors:

A daily grade will be given to all students (30% of grade).  The grade is based on student’s performance in the following areas:  Team Work, Problem Solving & Personal Management.  This will be graded quarterly.



Attendance is required to receive daily points toward your work behaviors grade. Student absences are expected to be called in to the instructor prior to class.  Either the student or the parent may call in the absence.   If the absences is called in, within three school days the student can make up work/assignments/points.  This make up work must be completed within 3 school days to be eligible to receive credit. Absences which occur as a result of teacher in-services, snow days, and other school related activities will not result in loss of daily grade points. Missed lab grades must be made up outside of scheduled session.

Code of Conduct:

Students are expected to behave as responsible young adults. Failure to correct ones behavior will result in the student choosing to report to the Responsible Thinking Center.  At the RTC, the student will be required to develop a plan of action to correct the behavior and will be admitted back into class when their plan is negotiated with the referring staff member. Additional information can be obtained in the student handbook.



Materials Needed:

The student will be expected to come to class in their appointed uniform with black, polished, close-toed shoes. Artificial nails, nail polish and jewelry are not allowed and the student will be expected to be in compliance with Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) codes.  Textbooks, uniforms, supplies, and equipment are supplied by Kent Intermediate School District.



The student will be expected to participate in all classroom and lab experiences.  Expectations are spelled out for each activity regularly.


Quizzes and Exams:

There is a quiz over each module that is handed out.  Students who miss the quizzes will receive a zero. There will be no exceptions to this rule unless a call from the school or parent warrants an exception. This decision is at the discretion of the instructor. Exams/Evaluations are given at the end of the first semester and the end of the year.


Embedded Credit

Students who complete the 1 year Hospitality program may be eligible to receive .5 math high school credits. Students at KCTC may take additional classwork that can allow them to earn English & Science through myschool@Kent.  For more information on the eligibility requirements and application process, talk to your KCTC counselor.

Students who complete two years of the Hospitality program may be eligible to receive .5 English credits and .5 Science credits toward high school completion requirements.

1 Year Math = .5 Credit

2 Years ELA = .5 Credit

2 Years Science = .5 Credit


Many agreements have been established between the Hospitality Department and Post-Secondary/Colleges.  Your instructors will provide details throughout the year regarding the opportunities to gain college credit while enrolled in this program.    Detailed articulation documents can be found on the Hospitality page at


Early College & Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Students who meet the requirements for dual enrollment in college courses will be considered for post-secondary program opportunities.  Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, maintain a B or better in the hospitality classes and obtain a recommendation from your hospitality teacher.  These classes are taught during class time at one of our two locations.  Students who complete the 3 year Hospitality program could potentially earn 18 credits on a Grand Rapids Community College transcript saving approximately $12,000 in college tuition and fees.


With continued GRCC enrollment and successful completion of classes, students will be eligible for the following certifications:

            ServSafe    and         Culinary Management




Student Organizations

At various times throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in various leadership organizations and competitions.  Your instructor will provide details as the events occur.


Course Content for the 4 Areas of Study in the First Year Hospitality:



Introduction to Bakery


  1. Using Basic Baking Procedures
  2. Maintaining Baking Facilities
  3.  Preparing Bakery Products

                  Prepare cookies

                  Prepare muffins

                  Prepare fruit pies

                  Prepare a variety of dinner rolls

                  Prepare a variety of breads

                  Prepare a variety of yeast raised donuts

                  Prepare cake donuts


Introduction to Culinary


            Safety and Sanitation

                                    - Obtain health dept. certification

                                    - Demonstrate competency/safety on Kitchen equipment:

            Tools and Equipment

                                    - Proper identification of the Large and Small Kitchen tools:                                       

                                    -  Basic Cooking Techniques

                                    -  Basic cooking terminology

                                    -  How heat affects food

                                    -  Basic cooking methods

            Recipe Structure and Pre-Preparation

                                    -  The recipe structure

                                    -  Standardized recipe

                                    -  Preliminary cooking and flavoring

                                    -  Properly holding prepared foods for final preparation

            Food Costs and Calculation

Stocks, Sauces and Soups

                                    -  Types of stock and preparation techniques

                                    -  Clarifying Stocks

                                    -  The mother sauces (five)

                                    -  Basic soup preparations

            Understanding Vegetables

            Understanding potatoes and other starches

            Food Presentation and Garnishing

Introduction to Dining Room & Short Order Cooking

Safety and Sanitation

  • Obtain health dept. certification
  • Demonstrate competency/safety on following equipment:

The menu and service

  • Proper execution of the menu
  • American Style Service
  • Banquet service/ buffet style service


  • Restaurant Mise-en place
  • Preliminary cooking and flavoring
  • Properly holding prepared foods for final preparation

Salads and Salad Dressing

Sandwiches and Hor D’ oeurves

Breakfast preparations

Food Presentation and Garnishing


Introduction to Hospitality– Course Content

  • Kitchen and bakery terms
  • Kitchen organization structures
  • Career planning
  • Personal finance
  • Menu planning
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills

Develop and maintain a student portfolio


  • Industry field experiences
  • Personal finance
  • First Aid/Blood-borne pathogens
  • Guidelines for medical emergencies
  • Nutrition in foods
  • Marketing a concept
  • Creating a menu
  • Professional presentations
  • Career awareness
  • Letters of employment and professional resume
  • Applications and interview skills