First semester this year was filled with learning curves as staff and students adjusted to virtual teaching practices. Programs were tasked with engaging their students in the curriculum via new and unfamiliar methods, mainly video conferencing. In an effort to prevent Zoom fatigue, many programs decided to create kits for students to work on while at home. Our Culinary Arts/Hospitality program was one that jumped at this opportunity.
This December, Culinary staff patiently waited in the chilly OSTC-SE parking lot for students to come pick up a Gingerbread Kit to take home. The holiday lesson was aimed at each student to build and decorate their colorful project during class time. The students had fun creating their own structure, were easily engaged during the lesson, and gave overwhelmingly positive feedback to instructors.
The photo of the intricate gingerbread house, complete with impressive roof detail, was constructed by 11th grader Alyssa Whigham.