Food Service Careers (Adult Special Education)

Gain kitchen-prep training and work experience that is matched to your abilities. Students gain skills and knowledge to work in the food service industry, specifically in the area of kitchen preparation. This nine-month program offers basic skill training necessary for success as an entry-level worker.
Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 38 weeks Certificate Downtown Full-time

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For more information or an application interview, please contact the Community and Career Education Department at 604.871.7000, ext. 8451 or email

Program Description

Program Description

This full time program prepares students with cognitive disabilities to work in the food service industry as a kitchen helper and dishwasher. The program offers basic skill training while establishing effective employee behaviors that are necessary for success as an entry level worker.
Graduates will be prepared to enter into competitive employment in the food service industry.

The program consists of approximately 26 weeks of classroom/kitchen training and 12 weeks of supervised community work experience matched to the student's interests and abilities.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Applicants are required to successfully participate in two (2) interviews.

  1. The first screening interview is with the Student Services Assistant for Students with Disabilities

  2. The second interview includes a hands-on assessment in the teaching kitchen with the Food Service Careers faculty.

Interviews are documented and a checklist is used to determine eligibility. Applicants may be asked to sign a release of information for any reports which will provide the faculty information to support the application.

Interview Screening:

  1. Diagnosis or history that identifies difficulty with learning.
  2. Comfort in an alternative learning environment designed for students with disabilities.
  3. Previous career exploration that supports training in the food service industry.
  4. Grade 5 reading level. If an applicant does not have documentation of reading level, an informal reading assessment will be administered to determine their functional reading level. Lesser qualified applicants will be considered with the Department Head’s approval.
  5. Ability and willingness to travel independently to the college and the workplace.
  6. Emotional and medical stability. A checklist is used to document behaviour, emotional problems, or medical conditions which could significantly impair learning or compromise the safety of the student and/or others.
  7. Independently manage own medication.
  8. Demonstrate appropriate personal hygiene, and possess the ability to independently attend to personal care needs.
  9. The desire and willingness to work in a professional kitchen, and perform tasks in an efficient and timely manner.
  10. Ability to attend classroom and practicum on a fulltime basis.
  11. Demonstrate the skills to perform program related tasks with strength and endurance.
  12. Good finger and hand dexterity for handling food and equipment.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $1,724.44
Student Union Fee $52.00
College Initiative Fee $100.00
Uniform Fee $231.00
U-Pass Fee $410.00
Other Costs Graduation Fee $40.00
Campus Resource Fee $68.98
Total = $2,626.36 Equipment/materials/textbooks and supplies are approximately $500.00 (this is an additional cost, which is NOT included in your cost of the program. The first day of class will be an orientation of the materials and supplies required. These items will be provided to students in their FIRST week of classes. Please do not make your cheque out in advance.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC’s Community and Career Education (CACE) Department offers adult special education programs and courses for students with disabilities.

Areas of study include career awareness and exploration, food service careers, retail and hospitality, computer applications, literacy, and numeracy.

Group tours are also welcome. To arrange please call 604-871-7000, ext. 8451.

Date Day Time Room Location
January 28, 2020 Tuesday 3 - 4 p.m. 522 Downtown
February 26, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 522 Downtown
March 24, 2020 Tuesday 3 - 4 p.m. 522 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(FSCR 0610) Professionalism
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2.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0615) Worker Safety
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2.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0620) Foodsafe Level 1
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2.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0625) Bussing and Dishwashing
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1.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0630) Workplace Communications
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3.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0635) Kitchen Basics
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6.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0640) Basic Food Prep Level 1
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5.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0645) Basic Food Prep Level 2
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5.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0650) Practicum 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0655) Practicum 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(FSCR 0660) Practicum 3
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4.0 credits  course outline