Sierra High’s Cardenas earns $10,000 scholarship to The Art Institute
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 be.tech 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 be.tech 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.
Adrian Cardenas will appear on Fox TV Channel 40 after winning a culinary competition that netted him a $10,000 scholarship.