After School Program


The 12-week after school program is offered three days a week (M-W) on the campus of Santee Education Complex. The program combines the culinary arts, physical fitness, entrepreneurship, health, wellness and life skills to empower students to be ambassadors of health to their peers, family and community.

While the program is focused on the students, each Wednesday parents and community members are invited to develop healthy, easy and affordable recipes that can be created at home in 20 minutes or less.

Over the course of the program, students will learn about horticulture and gardening; how to grow, market and sell their fresh produce, develop culinary skills, and use garden produce to create healthy foods. Our projects include developing a business plan for healthy food products, creating a culinary cooking video targeted towards youth and writing a cook book. This leaves students prepared to enter the work force with a skill and knowledge base that allows them to become health advocates and mentors to other youth. 

In-School Curriculum


Our in-school Culinary Arts program explores classical and contemporary culinary techniques, as well as develops critical thinking skills within an integrated front-of-the-house curriculum. From gardening to cooking and serving at our Oasis Cafe, our students obtain life and professional skills with a core focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, wellness and nutrition.

CAKE has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation (CRAEF) as a participant in its Pro-Start program and designed its curriculum based on their teachings combined with those of the Culinary Institute of America.

Students receive hands-on education in food production and education in cooking, cost control, nutrition and sanitation. Studies include advanced techniques in classical/regional cuisines, garde manger, patisserie/dessert and a variety of international dining room training and services.

The CAKE program also provides students with the opportunities to test their skills through national competitions. Students’ receive mentorship from seasoned professionals in the fields of culinary arts, hospitality, nutrition, health advocacy, and video and film production.

Program graduates will be positioned with the knowledge, skills and connections to pursue careers in some of the world’s best full-service restaurants, hotels, and catering operations.


Summer Program

Our after school curriculum continues with a summer program that continues to teach students. Our 6-week, intensive summer program partners with with a nationally recognized health organization to employ, train and help participants develop gardening, entrepreneurial, and healthy life skills.

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