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Human Services

Human Services is a broad description of careers related to caring for people.  These include health care, fitness, child care, and Education and Training.


Tim Renz is our amazing science teacher and he's now offering an Advanced Biomedical course. Biomedical is important in Seattle. While overshadowed by Boeing and Microsoft, Seattle has a strong biomedical sciences field, including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Genetics. Will your child discover the cure for cancer or eradicate the flu? This is the pathway to follow!

lab students working

These students are doing a bacterial transformation also known as recombinant DNA. It entails putting a plasmid that has a specific gene on it from one organism into a bacterial cell. The plasmid has a marker gene on it that glows when the gene is turned on so you can visually confirm that the plasmid was actually taken into the bacterial cell. Bacterial transformation is a standard procedure in the Biotechnology world. The students are using aseptic techniques while transferring reagents precisely using professional grade micropipettes.

Recombinant DNA is a technology scientists developed that made it possible to insert a human gene into the genetic material of a common bacterium. This “recombinant” micro-organism could now produce insulin that is encoded by the human gene.

Culinary Arts

Tracy Robnett teaches Culinary Arts.  Who doesn't love food?!  Cooking is one thing, but cooking well and having the skills to cook professionally is another.  Some people elevate cooking to an art form.  Will your child be the next Aarón Sanchez, Rachael Ray, or Ming Tsai?  Culinary Arts is the path towards a career with food!

Currently, there are two courses offered, which are simply Culinary Arts I and Culinary Arts II.  These are the catalog descriptions:

Culinary Arts I / Foods I

In Foods I at Foster you will learn the basic skills and knowledge of cooking and baking. Having an understanding of the basics of cooking, you will be able to cook meals for yourself and others. You will also learn about food safety and cooking tools, equipment and common kitchen terminology. In Foods I, you will learn about various cultures of food and have an introduction to the history and science of cooking, baking and ingredients. Foods I will be in-class instruction and hands-on learning experience preparing various types of foods.

Culinary Arts II / Foods II

Foods II at Foster is a continuation of Foods I and provides a deeper understanding of cooking techniques, the science of cooking and advanced methods. Students will learn about the restaurant and hospitality industry while learning about food costs, businesses and menu planning. Nutrition and culinary trends will also be taught in Foods II. Foods II will be in-class instruction and hands-on learning experience preparing various types of foods.