Sierra High’s Car­de­nas earns $10,000 schol­ar­ship to The Art In­sti­tute

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Man­teca Uni­fied has its own top chef — Adrian Car­de­nas.

The Sierra High culi­nary stu­dent took first place in a cook­ing competition Mon­day at The Art In­sti­tute in Sacramento. Car­de­nas earned a $10,000 schol­ar­ship to The Art In­sti­tute plus a new Kitchen Aide Stand mixer.

Car­de­nas was one of three fi­nal­ists out of 250 stu­dents.

The competition will be aired on Sacramento TV sta­tion Fox 40 on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m.

The Sierra High culi­nary pro­gram took stu­dents on a field trip last year to the Art In­sti­tute. Car­de­nas had al­ready en­rolled at the In­sti­tute prior to the competition. He will be com­pet­ing in the Re­gional Fam­ily, Ca­reer and Com­mu­nity Lead­ers of Amer­ica (FCCLA) competition in Fe­bru­ary.

It is just one of a long list of ex­am­ples of stu­dents se­cur­ing jobs or ad­vanced train­ing for ca­reers thanks to the Man­teca Uni­fied em­pha­sis on vo­ca­tional train­ing in­clud­ing through the Acad­emy char­ter high school.

The im­por­tance of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion is un­der­scored by the fact typ­i­cally only 20 per­cent of Man­teca Uni­fied grads go to col­lege with an­other 51 per­cent en­ter­ing com­mu­nity col­lege — al­though more than half drop out with­out se­cur­ing a mar­ketable de­gree or skills.

The dis­trict’s vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion ef­fort and Acad­emy is a bid to en­hance the abil­ity of stu­dents to be able to use what they learn in 13 years of ed­u­ca­tion to not only se­cure a job but to make a liv­ing.

Photo cour­tesy Man­teca Uni­fied

Adrian Car­de­nas will ap­pear on Fox TV Chan­nel 40 af­ter win­ning a culi­nary competition that net­ted him a $10,000 schol­ar­ship.

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