20019-2020 Culinary Arts students with instructor Chef Lorena Reyes

The Saline County Career is in its 51st year of providing career and technical education to students in the Marshall, Sweet Springs, Slater and Malta Bend school districts.  Opening in 1968, SCCC has grown significantly over its 51 year history to meet the ever-changing needs of students, businesses, and communities in our area.  Culinary Arts is one of nine program offerings at SCCC, which prepares students for a career in the food industry or further training.

The Culinary Arts program is taught by Ms. Lorena Reyes.  Ms. Reyes is in her 7th year of teaching.  She is a graduate of Marshall High School, The Art Institute of Houston, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Missouri.  Reyes has over 13 years of experience in the industry.  Her positions include Chef at the Executive Suites at BBVA Compass Stadium, Sous Chef at Red & White Bistro at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and Banquet Chef at the Sheraton Hotel in Houston, TX.  Chef Reyes is a certified ServSafe instructor and she knows firsthand the need for properly trained culinary students in the workforce. 

The Culinary Arts program offered at the Saline County Career Center is a two-year program for juniors and seniors.  Students learn the basic skills needed to obtain an entry- level position in the foodservice industry. Units include knife skills, basic cooking techniques, basic baking and pastry techniques, table service, nutrition, global cuisines, and developing the taste palate.


The program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, which is the largest professional chef organization in the nation.  The accreditation allows students who complete the two-year program at SCCC to obtain the first of sixteen levels of certification as a Certified Fundamentals Cook. In addition, the Program offers a food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association called Servsafe.  It is one of the most highly regarded certifications in the food industry.


Questions regarding the Saline County Career Center or the Culinary Arts program can be directed to Ms. Callie Dobbins, Director at 660.886.6958.