Pastry Arts

Students produce and market high-quality baked products for a contemporary sixty-seat restaurant within the school. They also market their products through their own pastry shop as well as supplying items for school banquets, dinner meetings, community service projects, and specialty events. Students develop artistic skills through the preparation of pastries, confections, and other specialty desserts. Students will create and present a professional portfolio and restaurant programs as an end of the year assessment.

Local, state and national competitions enrich the curriculum which includes: pastry bag skills, cornet skills, cake decorating and assembly, decorative pieces including a Gingerbread House and Pumpkin Carving competition, merchandising, record keeping, and sanitation.

The Lebanon County Career & Technology Center Pastry Arts Program was the first nationally recognized and certified secondary program by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACF) in the country.

Program Specifics

Full Day One-Year Program
8:05 A.M.- 2:10 P.M. (36 weeks // 7.5 credits)

CIP Code

Mr. Brian Peffley

Program Costs
Students are required to purchase the following at an estimated cost of $200:

  • Uniform
  • Black Leather Shoes
  • ServSafe Certification (optional – $120)

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Student Certifications


National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) provides industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

ACF Certifications

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers a certification for graduates of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Secondary Certified programs.

Certified Fundamental Cook (CFC)
Certified Fundamental Pastry Cook (CFPC)
Certified Culinarian (CC)

ServSafe/Manager Food Safety Certification

Only ServSafe offers training and certification created by foodservice professionals, providing a working knowledge of food management, food handling, allergen and responsible alcohol service training.

College Articulation and Credits

College Credit Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the program may receive college credits from Johnson & Wales, West Moreland Community College, PA College of Technology, Harrisburg Area Community College, Art Institutes, and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.


SOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.

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Career Opportunities

Students can be employed while in high school through the Cooperative Education program. Qualified students may obtain paid employment after successful completion of classroom training. This program expands the school curriculum by providing students with additional skills through supervised work experience at local businesses. The employment is scheduled during the time the student would be in attendance at the Career and Technology Center.


  • Cook
  • Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Pastry Cook
  • Caterer
  • Bakery Manager


  • The Hotel Hershey
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Lebanon Country Club
  • The Hershey Lodge
  • The Hershey Country Club

Salary Ranges

PositionPA Projected Employment Growth 2014-2024 Entry SalaryAvg PA SalaryExperienced Salary
Restaurant Cook16%$18,390$25,540$29,120
Chef/Head Cook11%$36,110$54,110$63,110
Sous Chef11%$22,660$37,380$44,740