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Vocational education. For many, that label brings to mind a certain stereotype:

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students who do not want to, or do not have the ability or interest to go onto college.
 
It is precisely that stereotype that drove Toledo Public Schools to change the title of those programs to Career Technology several years ago. It is a stereotype the school system is hoping to shatter as well.
 
At Clay, the term “vocational” was removed from courses at Clay 10 years ago when the academics included in the programming were increased to be college prep level, according to Steve Bialoruck, director of Career & Technology Education at Clay.
 
There are several college prep level courses available to students at Clay High School in areas of Agriculture, Information Technologies, Industrial & Engineering systems, and Health and Human Services.

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These days, there is no shortage of culinary stars on TV  to inspire aspiring young

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As a child growing up in Walbridge,
Janea Makowski, enjoyed watching
her parents prepare family meals.
After studying culinary arts in high
school at Penta, she trained at the
Culinary Institute of America in Hyde
Park, NY and worked as a chef. This
year she returned to Penta as a
culinary arts teacher. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

chefs –  think Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray, to name a few.
 
Before them, the likes of Graham Kerr (the Galloping Gourmet), Jacques Pépin and Julia Child guided home cooks step by step through tantalizing recipes.
 
As a child growing up in Walbridge, Janea Makowski, now 27, found inspiration watching her parents in the kitchen preparing family meals.
 
“My mom was kind of a baker, and my dad made more of the entrees – that kind of thing,” she said. “I liked watching them and cooking with them.”

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So, you want to be the next Mario Batali or Rachael Ray? How about the next Iron Chef? Have dreams of making it big in the culinary world? Well, young Grasshopper, maybe you should think about going into a culinary program to see if a career in the kitchen is right for you.
 
“The reality food shows are deceiving. They do not give you the real picture of what it is like to work in the food industry,” Mike Armstrong, owner of Michael’s Café and Bakery in east Toledo said. “First, the average work week is 50-60 hours. I realized that up front. Think about it. The times you will be working are the times when other people are playing like holidays and weekends. If going out on Fridays and Saturdays is important to you, don’t even dream of going into the business.”
 
Armstrong knows well of what he speaks. Growing up, Armstrong said he always enjoyed eating and with it, he began to enjoy cooking what he ate as well.

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