Culinary Arts Comes to Marfa Schools
by Samantha Salazar
Marfa ISD is now offering a culinary arts class in the Robinson Cafeteria on campus. This idea began December of 2015. It was the brainchild of the students who were interested in furthering their career in culinary arts. The students spoke with Marfa ISD Superintendent Mr. Peters and made arrangements to make this project work. The class officially began January 5th, 2016. The teacher for this class is Joy Oram, a children’s nutrition director. This class consists of learning the basics of nutrition and the in’s and out’s of the kitchen. Students have even begun following simple recipes to cook.
Next year the course will become a dual credit class, which will be offered through Odessa College. The class will include trips to Odessa College to see real kitchens that are up and running. “I would like to give our students the opportunity to experience real world circumstances in the kitchen,” stated Mrs. Oram.
With Marfa being popular with many tourists, new hotels and restaurants are opening up. Businesses are in need of trained workers. “Some local restaurants have expressed their interest in hiring the culinary students,” says Mrs. Oram. Marfa ISD plans on keeping this class throughout the years to come. It will be very successful and accommodating, not only for the students, but for the community as well.