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Mountain Institute JTED's Culinary Arts students learn food, serve community

The popular Culinary Arts program at Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED) focuses students on three core disciplines: academic success, service learning, and catering. This means that MIJTED's Culinary Arts students strive to achieve high levels of performance on industry certifications including Food Handlers and Serve Safe certifications, as well as the mastery of culinary skills.

Yet, Mountain Institute's Culinary Arts students also learn the importance of giving back to their community. They take part in a range of service-learning activities, including preparing and serving the food for the MIJTED Awards Nights, baking cookies for Veterans' Day Parade participants, making bread pudding for the Coalition for Compassion and Justice Open Door Kitchen several times a month.

The students learn the power of volunteering, enjoy the privilege of interacting and communicating with other community members, as get to share their passion for cooking.

MIJTED Culinart Arts students also have catered community events, large and small, including annual student awards banquets, book club meetings, MIJTED governing board meetings, and the student art show at the community center. MIJTED students get a better understanding of the presentation and service side of the culinary field when they have the opportunity to act as real professionals and cater real-world events.

Mountain Institute's Culinary Arts program strives to educate its students in all aspects of the culinary field. They get to experience this exciting and growing profession hands on, while they master its many skills and simulatneously serve their own community.


Mountain Institute, one of 13 Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman. For more information, visit or call 928-771-0791.

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