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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress High School students in Jill Teran’s Family and Consumer Sciences took an exam that was worth more than a grade. They earned their Texas Food Handlers certification.
“Many young adults will be employed in the food industry during high school and college,” Teran said. “This opportunity allows them to gain employability credentials.”
The certification, which is required by Texas state law for employees working in the food industry, consisted of three days of classroom training, Teran said. It was followed by an exam that focused on safe food handling, preparation and storage practices led by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent Dawn Dockter.
Teran said 21 students took advantage of the opportunity to earn their certification by paying the $20 fee or by applying for one of five grants.
The students who received the certification are Chloe Chilton, Abigail Cano, Ciara Flemons, Kaydence Longbine, Joel Rodriguez, Hazel Guerrero, Conner Grayson, Annette Romero, Katie Bauchausen, Alexis Garza, Bailey Bradley, Kori Keever, Maribel Mendez, Austin Bradley, Destiny Emory, Lexi Brown, Dakota Lamb, Leila Guzman, Abigayle McCraw, Jazlyn Piedra and Jordan Garrett.
“Thank you to Texas AgriLife for providing a goodie bag and to Mrs. Dockter and her board for approving five student grants this year,” Teran said.
This certification lasts for two years. Teran explained if an employer pays for the training, the business keeps the employee training records on-site, but if the student earns it directly through the state, it belongs to the employee.