WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten West Orange High School (WOHS) students have successfully taken and passed the ServSafe Food Handlers test, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The ServSafe test will provide students with the opportunity to work in various capacities in the foodservice industry without the need for certification by their employers. This usually affords higher starting salaries for the employees. The certification is valid for two years and must be recertified after that.

"Several of our students already work in the industry so this is very beneficial for them as this increases their opportunities for advancement," said Chef Al-Nissa Salaam, Culinary Arts Instructor at WOHS.

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Two students, Amyah Moore and Aidan Tarantino, received four semester hours toward a baccalaureate or associate degree in fundamental or intermediate culinary arts, food and beverage management or restaurant management. Both scored above 76 percent and have been accepted to Johnson & Wales University (Culinary Arts).

"The NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) is a battery of tests for students studying career and technical programs in high school,” said Salaam. “NOCTI is an American certifying body that tests students on their abilities to perform the skills needed in a career. It truly helps students start their careers with the best information and skills possible.”

Seven students—including Moore and Tarantino as well as Jahsil Ashe, Michael Charles, Jennifer Mundus, Matthew Petit Homme and Garrett Weinstein—received the Workforce Competency Credential Certificate for exceeding the NOCTI national standards.

ServSafe Certifications were presented to Moore, Tarantino, Ashe, Charles, Mundus, Homme and Weinsten as well as James Durand, Christian Hammond and Imani Rutherford.