Deli & Food Production

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Special Admissions Program
(Counselor Recommendation Only)

Do you have an interest in the restaurant and food service industry? Place your order and enroll in the Deli & Food Production program.

A two-year course leading to state certification in Food Management, Production and Service, this program is designed to offer you experience in the actual operations of a deli and food production establishment. While operating the Old Oak Cafe at Polaris Career Center, you have an opportunity to demonstrate skills that include food preparation and presentation, cash handling procedures, customer relations, and sanitation. The state-of-the-art equipment and individualized approach to learning help you prepare for entry-level employment in the industry. Small classes allow for maximum teacher-to-student contact.


High School Credit Junior Year
Deli & Food Production: 3.0, Technology: .5

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Course of Study/Syllabus

Deli & Food Production 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Ms. Susan Baker, Shaker Valley Food
Ms. Suzanne Bush, Cuyahoga Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities
Ms. Kristin Cehlar, Olive Garden
Ms. Samantha Fletcher, Southern Hills Nursing & Rehab
Ms. Amy McGlynn, Cuyahoga Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities
Ms. Pam Nicholson, Manor Care Health Services
Ms. Donna Shaheen, Southwest General Health Center
Mr. Robert Zwolenik, Dairy Queen

Teacher: Chad McCully


Education: Associates in Applied Science in Food Marketing – Ohio State University
Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Food Service Management – Kent State University

Years at Polaris: 2
Industry Experience: Maplewood Career Center for 13 years:  4 years as a Culinary Instructor and 9 years as a Career in Service Industry Instructor.  Chad also was the Food Service Manager at Kent State University for 14 years.
He enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, gardening and church activities.


  • Basic food preparation skills
  • Catering business-related skills
  • Commercial food equipment operation
  • Vegetable and fruit preparation
  • Meat and poultry preparation
  • Sandwich and side-dish preparation
  • Bread and pastry production
  • Nutrition fundamentals
  • Cash handling procedures
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Delicatessen equipment operation
  • Packaging techniques


  • Knives
  • Beverage equipment
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Deep fat fryer
  • Microwave oven
  • Scale
  • Mixer
  • Dishwasher
  • Slicer

Career Options

  • Assistant cook
  • Busing attendant
  • Cafeteria worker
  • Short-order cook
  • Baker’s assistant
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Dietary Aide

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Chef/head cook
  • Banquet manager
  • Host/hostess
  • Caterer
  • Baker