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550 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6A7| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description: 
Bakers prepare doughs, batters and other ingredients and then produce items such as bread, buns, cakes, pie‚Äčs, cookies and other baked goods. They are employed in a variety of food establishments but the vast majority of work takes place in retail settings such as supermarkets, specialty bakeries, restaurants and hotels.

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

Time Commitment
  • 1 intake:  all of semester 1
    • ‚Äčnext intake: July 11‚Äč,  2022 (ending December 15, 2022)
      • you will not have any school from December 16, 2022 to January 29, 2023... semester 2 will start at your home school on January 30, 2023‚Äč
  • 23 weeks long‚Äč
  • 4 days a week:  Monday to Thursday
  • 11.30am to 6.30pm

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 16 students - multiple school districts make up the class; traditionally Coquitlam SD43 has had 1-2 students get accepted by VCC
    (out of 35+ applications across the lower mainland)
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a program begins in March of a gr 12s final semester and runs for 23 weeks - it is okay for that student‚Äč to ‚Äčapply to
    • ex 2:  program will begin in July after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 should not apply as they will not be accepted‚Äč‚Äč
  • must have government-issued ‚Äčphoto ID that is current/valid on the ‚ÄčITA exam date in mid-December ‚Äč‚Äč(ex: a driver's license, BC ID, or passport)
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" 

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $1,95‚Äč0 for items like:‚Äč‚Äč textbooks, recipe book, ‚Äčtools, CompassCard, name tag, uniform, lock, tool bag, etc

Location + Transportation

  • VCC "downtown campus" - 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian‚Äč
    • Skytrain to/from "Chinatown/Stadium station" is probably the ‚Äčbest transportation option


  • completed at least one "Foods & Nutrition" and/or "Cook Training" course(s)
    • ‚Äčor related experienc‚Äče, like a baking job in the community
  • Food Safe Level 1 (prior to the intake date)
  • complete the "VCC pre-intake Application 2022‚Äč" package... see top link in right column
    • few written responses
    • small portfolio of your baking and/or community involvement
  • when asked by VCC, complete an online application
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent att‚Äčendance + lates record while in high school
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time

Skills + Attributes

  • ability to work as a team
  • patience and accuracy
  • love of baking things‚Äč


Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with the district coordinator:‚Äč




School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828