What’s For Lunch?

By Kaileigh Deacon


The St. Croix Regional Technical Center at Calais High School is offering lunch every Wednesday in their Culinary Arts Classroom. 

The Technical Center is a program for not just Calais High School students but students from Woodland High School and Shead High School as well. The Center offers programs like Automotive, Certified Nursing Assistant, Building Trades, Truck Driving, Computer Technology, Child Care, and Culinary Arts.

These courses are focused on giving students skills they can use after high school and a step toward a career. The programs find ways for students to practice the skills they learn by taking on projects.

The Culinary Arts program for years has been providing meals every Wednesday afternoon. According to Bob McShane students take turns each week planning the menu and acting as head chef while also working on their skills at serving as well. 

The students plan a full four course meal from appetizers to dessert, which they then serve. The students and their instructor Hussa Eagan do all the work themselves ensuring that everyone that comes has a meal. They do require a phone call at least a day before the meal so they know what to buy and how much to cook. These meals have a set cost to cover the cost of raw materials.

The St. Croix Regional Technical Program went to the Skills USA competition in Bangor last Thursday and Friday. The Skills Competition puts the skills the students have learned to the test “for a lot of the students it’s the first time they are working where they can’t ask for help,” McShane said. 

Each year the competition requires that the students participating take part in a service project. This year’s project was to fill boxes for the soldiers over seas.  When the Wednesday Afternoon Lunch Club found out about the project they pitched in and helped the students by bringing items for their boxes. 

“We were hoping for 8  boxes one from each of the programs, but with the Lunch Club’s help they now have over 30 boxes filled. The students marched in for the ceremony in the Parade of Champions and the St. Croix Regional Technical Center tied their jackets in with the service project wearing army jackets.

For anyone wishing to take advantage of the lunch provided by the Culinary students you can all the St. Croix Regional Technical Center to reserve your meal at 454-2581.