A collaboration between OSU Institute of Technology and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's Division of Commerce is set to revolutionize culinary training for tribal members at Choctaw Casinos & Resorts.
OSUIT and Choctaw Nation jointly developed an educational curriculum tailored to casino and resort associates. The program was crafted to equip participants with the necessary skills for a successful career in the culinary industry. Members who choose to advance their education through OSUIT will receive recognition for prior learning, enhancing their pursuit of accreditation, certification or degree programs.
"We're excited to provide our associates with an opportunity to embark on a career journey," expressed Heidi Grant, executive officer of Gaming and Hospitality at Choctaw Nation. "Our objective is to empower each associate with the knowledge they need to excel in their new roles. Whether aiming for an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts or seeking a certificate, we're laying a strong foundation for their growth."
As part of the immersive training experience, newly hired associates will undergo a week-long culinary training through OSUIT's culinary program.
Daily activities will include training videos, quizzes, hands-on cooking techniques and personalized guidance from experienced Chef instructors. Topics will span from fundamental hygiene and kitchen safety to in-depth instruction on culinary methods.
After the initial training week, associates will transition to their respective work locations to continue their learning journey. Subsequently, they will embark on a ten-week second-tier training phase, focusing on advanced culinary skills, techniques, and terminology. Upon completion, associates will be well-equipped to prepare a two-course meal. OSUIT and Choctaw Nation will award them a co-branded certificate.
This innovative training program also benefits existing culinary team members aiming to refine their skills.
For more information about this groundbreaking collaboration and the culinary training program, please visit the official website of the Choctaw Nation.