Career Programs at Star Career Academy
In Star Career Academy’s Baking Program and Pastry Program, you will learn all the elements of baking and pastry production. You will also learn advanced techniques featuring artisan and specialty breads, cakes and pastry, and dessert production and presentation. Graduates work as assistant pastry chefs, assistant cake decorators, assistant bakers and staff bakers.
The Culinary Programs prepare students for entry-level employment as a cook’s assistant, line cook, short-order cook, pantry person, baker, garde manger, or sous chef in food-service establishments including restaurants, corporate dining rooms, hospitals, hotels, and catering companies. Students learn the fundamentals of food preparation, baking and pastry arts, quantity food production and service, food purchasing, food sanitation, catering, and restaurant operations through technical lessons, demonstrations and practical, performance-based training in simulated employment environments. Students completing in-school training gain real-time experience through an externship.
This program prepares students for entry-level employment in the hospitality industry. Graduates work in hotels, resorts, restaurants, catering companies and cruise lines in a wide variety of positions including: guest services agents, housekeeping coordinators, sales and marketing assistants, human resources assistants and hotel accounting assistants, food and beverage assistant manager; event planner, assistant restaurant manager, kitchen manager and food pantry agent.
Students learn hotel and motel management operations, front office procedures, housekeeping administration, back office procedures, legal and security procedures and food and beverage operations including event management. Students also learn the basics of restaurant operations including menu development, food purchasing, sanitation, inventory and cost control, and the principles of quality restaurant service. Students also have the opportunity to be certified in ServSafe® for Food and TIPS (Responsible Alcohol Service). Instruction uses lectures, demonstration, training videos and extensive work with a custom computer system simulating a full-service mid-sized hotel. The computer lab uses industry-standard Opera-Fidelio property management software and allows students to carry out operations as they will find it on the job. An externship provides students with the real-time experience needed to enter a customer-centered industry.
A number of allied health programs are taught at Star Career Academy. These include Surgical Technology, Dialysis Technician, Medical Assistant, Cardiology Technician, Paramedic and Insurance and Health Information Technology. Our school prepares you for entry-level employment in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices.
The Cosmetology Diploma program is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/art principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. Star Career Academy’s program combines lecture in cosmetology theory with “hands-on” practice in the salon. It also introduces students to professional standards, aspects of personal and career development, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of workers who interact physically with clients and apply cosmetics. Star Career Academy’s approach provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills and knowledge that can lead to an entry-level career in the field of Cosmetology. Graduates of the cosmetology program are eligible to take examinations required for licensure as a Cosmetologist in Pennsylvania. Employment opportunities may include beauty salons, spas, and other related businesses as a stylist, salon manager or owner, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, platform or makeup artist, manufacturer’s representative, cosmetic salesperson, and more. The normal completion time for the day program is twelve (12) months, and for the evening program, eighteen (18) months. Upon successful completion of the 1,250 clock hour program and all other graduation requirements, the program culminates in the awarding of a Cosmetology Diploma.