STUDENTS learning the art of cooking at Kerang Technical High School will soon be able to share their skills with the wider community.
The facilities in the school's new food technology wing will enable the school to hire out catering services.
The wing was officially opened on Wednesday by Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP.
The new building fronting Murray Street has replaced a cluster of old buildings that were erected in the 1960s, enabling students looking to get early experience in hospitality and catering industry by practising the craft of gourmet cooking with facilities including deep fryers, commercial ovens and self-contained broiler units.Kerang Technical High School is one of 10 secondary schools offering technical subjects to have received a portion of $484.2 million in funding from the Victorian Government, as part of a scheme that aims to modernise 134 Victorian schools.
The building will be open for hire to be used for catering services and will also be used as a training space for the school's first cluster of Vocational Education Training hospitality students.
Food technology teacher, Julie Pearce said she was excited to see what this building can do for the student body and she was impressed with the initiative the Year 12 students showed in planning, preparing, cooking and serving the food for the official opening.
"This building gives them the space to work in a realistic environment such as a commercial kitchen," she said.
Mrs Pearce also said that the students put in the initiative to prepare food that met dietary requirements such as gluten-free food.
Year 12 student, Jayde Messer said she was impressed with the outcome of the facility.
"I think it's fantastic, it especially makes the flow of the kitchen something better to work with," she said.
Mr Gepp said that the Victorian Government was committed to providing facilities to enable quality education being accessed by regional students.
He emphasised his focus on integration between a student body and its community.
"Every school has to have access to great education by investing in the young custodians of today with education that we can provide," he said.
"I believe this will promote the school's activities. It's also a community space for the children and the community to come together."
KTHS principal, Dean Rogers reflected on the school's long history, referring to buildings erected in the 1920s and the connection with generations of local students.