Service Occupations

Service Occupations

Location: East Campus (Oley)               Instructor: Amy Herbert | Sue Schwartz             CIP Code: 43.0107

Service Occupations is an innovative program of study focusing on the training of students in a diverse array of skill sets in service related employment areas. Students learn in an environment that fosters a good work ethic, competitive time on task and appropriate work skills for each identified career area. Individual needs and abilities of students are addressed in order to foster personal accountability and pride in a job well done. The Service Occupations facility includes two laboratories where instruction is provided by two instructors and reinforced by instructional assistants. The two instructors each teach defined skills in order for each student to become skilled in a variety of areas. Group instruction is frequently utilized and team building activities are often incorporated.

The Service Occupations curriculum encompasses the areas of work place safety, grounds maintenance, cleaning practices, housekeeping, custodial and retail stock, as well as, kitchen safety, cooking and baking, food preparation, commercial dishwashing, pot washing, and commercial laundry services. All areas are instructed with the intent of achieving a level of competency commensurate with competitive employment. This is achieved by involving “live work experiences” whenever possible to provide the students with training that approximates what would be found in the work environment. Students are involved in clinical experiences involving janitorial cleaning, maintenance, grounds keeping, laundry and dishwashing around the school. Students take pride in their work, knowing that the school depends on them to do a “professional job” in order to function efficiently. With that end goal in mind, students are supported through a variety of services provided by BCTC and the Reading Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. These services may include a variety of work-based experiences including job shadowing, internships, and paid co-op jobs, job placement and on-the-job coaching, benefits and work incentive counseling, job seeking and retainment, and more. BCTC’s Service Occupations program has the ultimate goal of a seamless transition to gainful employment or further education.

Because of the uniqueness of this program, interested students and their parent/guardian are expected to schedule a visit to the program prior to making application to BCTC by contacting the Student Services Office or by contacting the student’s sending school Special Education representative. This will prevent the processing of the application from being delayed, since there is limited enrollment in this popular program.

Industry Certifications:

Heartsaver First Aid
OSHA / CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· Three Black Short Sleeve Tee Shirts with BCTC LogoREQUIRED FOR Retail/Food Prep/Dishwashing/Laundry STUDENTS:
· Two Black Bib Apron
· Two Black Structured CapOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
· Khaki pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Cotton blue or black jeans – proper fitting and no holes

Athletic shoes/ sneakers N/A



PLEASE NOTE: No textbook is required for this program. Program instructor will provide all needed details at New Student Orientation.

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Non-slip shoes for Food Service. Sneakers or suitable outside wear shoes (boots recommended). 1 pair of each Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any shoe store
Service Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Basic math skills
  • Basic measurement and money skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Food Preparation Helper
  • Dishwasher/Kitchen Helper
  • Laundry & Dry-Cleaning Worker
  • Building Services (landscaping & groundskeeping, janitors & cleaners, and maids & housekeeping)
  • Retail/Sales (order fillers, warehouse and retail workers)