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Home Economics

The Home Economics Department is a diverse subject area at Vancouver Technical Secondary.
These programs include: Textiles and Fashion Design, Foods and Nutrition, and Culinary Arts.
Textiles/Fashion Design-- is available from grade 8 through12. In all textile courses, there is opportunity for the students to be creative and innovative. From the grade 8 apron and string bag to the grade 10 slouch bag and grade 12 leather wallet, students choose from a wide selection of fabrics in order to make the project a reflection of their own style. Motivated students can take advantage of supplies in our “fabric room” to make and design additional projects and garments. Students from Van Tech have gone on to Kwantlan University and to Paris to continue studies in Fashion Design.
Foods and Nutrition-- is taught from grade 9 to 12 and occasionally at the grade 8 level, if kitchen space is available. Foods 9 is a half-year program focusing on the creation of simple meals that include breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Foods 10 is a full-year program that builds on the “everyday” skills students need to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Foods 11/12 is an advanced course that is well suited to students interested in pursuing a career in Foods and Nutrition or those who love to cook and bake. Our senior foods programs alternate between a “gourmet” and “international” foods focus allowing students to take Foods in both grade 11 and in grade 12.
Cafeteria--The Vancouver Technical Cafeteria Training Program is open to students in grades 11 and 12. Cafeteria Training 11 provides an introduction to commercial cooking procedures and techniques, including safety and sanitation in the kitchen. Cafeteria Training 12 builds on the skills and theory covered in grade 11 and prepares student for work in commercial kitchens.
Students will learn quantity food production in cooking, baking, sandwich and salad preparation as well as customer service. Usage and care of commercial cooking equipment will also be covered. FoodSafe Level One, a provincially recognized food sanitation course, will also be taught in this program.
Interested students may also sign up for food experience in this area through the Vancouver Technical Work Experience coordinator.
Home Economics Teachers at Vancouver Technical:
Ms. J. Blaney (Textiles and Fashion Design)
Ms. C. Cuthbertson (Foods and Nutrition)
Mrs. L. Donaldson (Foods and Nutrition)
Ms. J. Leung (Foods and Nutrition)
Mrs. S. Thomson (Culinary Arts)
Mrs. A. Ridout (Culinary Arts)