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Carnegie School of Home Economics celebrates 82nd Anniversary, May 7, 2015

Carnegie School of Home Economics was founded in 1933 on a grant donated by the Carnegie Trustees and an additional grant from the UK.

Its original goal was to relieve unemployment among women. It was known formerly as the Carnegie Trade School.The First Principal, Ms. Briant was entrusted with the task of establishing the school, with the undertaking that the government would assume full responsibility if the venture succeeded. Thanks to her careful management and zeal, the government did assume full responsibility for the school in1937.

During that time, a trading section was developed. This section produced custom made ladies garment and uniforms for government messengers. Large scale catering was undertaking on request.In 1958, the trading aspect of the school was discontinued. Thereafter, the school was renamed the Carnegie School of Home Economics (C.S.H.E), and the curriculum was aimed at giving every girl an opportunity to learn the skills and attitudes essential for a good, family and community life. In the 1960’s training of teachers of Home Economics was established at the school.

carnegie2In 1971, a separate catering section was established to give more specialized training in food preparation, and service. Consequently, the public was offered economic and attractive meals of high standards in a pleasing atmosphere.During the period 1988 to 1990, financial and technical assistance was given by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the International Development Agency to enhance the catering programme.

In the year 2000 the Cosmetology programme and the Garment Construction programme were developed with the help of the Social Impact Amelioration Project. Presently, the school still offers the following programmes:

Diploma Course Duration: Two years

  • Catering and Hospitality

Certificate Courses
Duration: Six months each

  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Hot meat Preparation
  • Bake Shop/Garde Manger
  • Interior Decoration

One year courses:

  • Household Management
  • Garment Construction
  • Hairdressing and Cosmetology

Evening Programmes Duration : 20 Hours each

  • Elementary Cakes and Pastries
  • Advanced Cakes and Pastries
  • Cake Decoration
  • Elementary Cookery
  • Advanced Cookery
  • Crochet and Macramé
  • Fabric Decoration
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Dressmaking 1
  • Dressmaking 11
  • Intermediate Dressmaking
  • Creative Décor
  • Tailoring

Ad HOC Programmes

  • Housekeeping for the office
  • Etiquette
  • Food Service Supervision
  • Waiter/Waitress Service
  • Other programmes requested by organizations.

Students desirous of enrolling in the Household Management programme must be at least sixteen years of age, and should have completed the basic secondary school programme.

The courses offered in this programme are:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Home Economics Management
  • Basic English and Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Social Studies

In the second year, students can specialize in either Commercial Food Preparation or Garment Construction.

The Catering and Hospitality programme is comprised of three specialist areas.These are:

  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Food Preparation and Service which is subdivide into Bake Shop/Garde Manger, where there is preparation of appetizers, hors d’ oeurves, cold beverages, vegetable salads, and all baked goods products e.g. cakes. pastries.
  • Hot Meat, where the soups, sauces, meats and starches are prepared. e.g. rice dishes.

Students spend six months in each of the specialist areas. They are expected to prepare and serve meals for special functions, in and out of school and to avail themselves to work at those functions on weekends or holidays. Electives for this programme are:

  • English and Communication
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Food and Beverage Cost Control
  • Hospitality Management
  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Catering Maths

Carnegie School on Home Economics Staffing
The staff of the Carnegie School of Home Economics comprises of a principal, Vice Principal, an academic staff of fourteen instructors and a support staff of twelve.

Work Attachment/ Internships

All full time students are exposed to work attachment in the hospitality industry i.e. hotels, restaurants, fast food operations and other catering establishments. Students are also placed in hospitals, banks, salons and garment production areas. Cosmetology and Garment Construction are placed on three ( 3 ) month work attachments each. Caterers are placed on six (6) month work attachments. Household Management students are required to do six (6) weeks of work attachment.On graduating, most students are absorbed in the various industries. However, some of them find work within the Ministries of Education and Health, while others return to the organization from which they came or to their own businesses.Evening class are conducted on Monday to Thursdays, each week from 5 to 7 p.m. These classes are held for a duration of ten (10) sessions each, during the regular school term.

Course details:

Household Management Duration - 2 years Entry Age - 16 years Entry Requirements - A sound Secondary Education
Persons applying for this course should have attained the age of sixteen by August 31, of the year of application and be no older than eighteen by August 31 of the year of application. Applicants should have completed the basic secondary programme or successfully completed SCCP examinations in the relevant courses. This course exposes students to the theoretical and the practical aspects of Home Economics. All students are exposed to English Language, Mathematics and Social Studies and Visual Arts. There is a special emphasis on literacy and numeracy and these sessions are conducted in the afternoons. Life skills are also taught in the afternoons between three and five o’clock.
In the second year, the Household Management students can opt to specialize in either Garment Construction or Commercial Food Preparation.

Catering and Hospitality:

Duration - 2 yearsEntry Age -18 years and overEntry Requirements -Persons applying for entry into the Diploma in Catering and Hospitality Programme must have attained the age of eighteen by August 31, of the year of application. They must possess a sound secondary education. CXC subjects in Food and Nutrition, Home Economics Management, Mathematics and English would be an asset.

This course prepares students for employment in catering establishments eg hotels, restaurants and hospitals. Also, guidance is provided for those who are interested in opening/operating their own catering establishment.

Course content includes Menu Planning, Kitchen Organization, Food and Beverage Cost Control, Food Service Techniques , Food Safety and Sanitation, Statistics, Hospitality Accounting, Marketing, Hospitality Management, Food Science, Catering, Mathematics, Introduction to information Technology and Customer Care.

Garment Construction:

Duration -1 yearEntry Age - 17 yearsEntry Requirement – A sound secondary education. Four CXC subjects, including Clothing and Textiles would be an asset.This course is geared to meet the needs of the Garment Industry. Student will be trained in the areas of designed, drafting, cutting and sewing of garments using industrial machines and equipment. Areas such as quality control, effective displaying and entrepreneurial skills are taught.

Cosmetology and Hairdressing:

Duration -1 yearEntry AGE - 17 yearsEntry Requirements - A sound secondary education. CXC English would be an asset.This course provides theoretical and practical tutoring in the following areas of Cosmetology:Hair and Scalp Care, Nail Care and Nail Technology, Facial Treatment and the application of facial cosmetics.
Carnegie School of Home Economics

Evening Classes

Classes of twenty hours (20 hrs) are offered to out of school youth and adults, one day per week, for ten (10) weeks. Other courses are introduced periodically.There are also annual August vacation courses. Participants are required to pay a subsidized fee.

  • Elementary Cakes and Pastries
  • Advanced Cakes and Pastries
  • Cake Decoration
  • Elementary Cookery
  • Advanced Cookery
  • Crochet And Macrame
  • Fabric Decoration
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Dressmaking 1 and 2
  • Intermediate Dressmaking
  • Creative Decor

Medical Requirements

Full-time students are required to have a complete medical examination. All persons entering the Catering and Hospitality programme must be in possession of a valid food handlers, certificate. A minimal fee is required for admission.

Application forms are available at the school’s office during the months of March to August at High and Durban Sts. Georgetown.

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