Hospitality/Culinary

Hospitality student putting finishing touches on a dessert

If you can handle the heat in the kitchen, come sizzle with us!  Join our energetic and fast-paced team in the Hospitality Program.  You'll learn a wide range of skills in cooking, baking and food preparation, plus teamwork.

You Can Learn...

  • Safety and sanitation
  • Food and meal preparation
  • Equipment operation
  • Multi-tasking

 

Meet Our Instructional Staff

Ryan Marklevitz


Hello! My name is Ryan Marklevitz, and I am the KTC Hospitality/Culinary Instructor. I have been at Kent ISD since 2009, working at both KCTC and KTC. Being a culinary instructor at Kent ISD has been a gift that I have enjoyed very much. Helping students succeed through hands on experiences is one of the best parts of my job. Along with my education and many years of experience in the culinary field, I am also a veteran of the United States Navy where I served on a submarine.

 

Industry Experience

  • 18 years of cooking and serving in numerous Michigan restaurants
  • 4 years cooking on the USS Scranton
  • Adjunct Professor for Grand Valley State University

Education

  • Master's in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor's in Technical Education from Ferris State University
  • Associate in Culinary from Grand Rapids Community College

Cindy Saltzman​​​​​​​

Hi! My name is Cindy Saltzman.  This is my fifth year at the Transition Center. I work as the Career Technical Education Specialist in the Hospitality/Culinary program. The best part of working at KTC is being able to work with such a caring staff, and of course, seeing my students' smiling faces every day!

I have an Associate's Degree in Child Development, specializing in children with special needs. I did my student teaching, and subbed, at a school devoted to students with special needs of many different kinds, ranging in age from 4-26.

In my free time I love to read, plan parties, and go camping and fishing with my family.

Contact Information

Ryan Marklevitz

Instructor, Hospitality and Culinary
Phone: 616-365-2441

Cindy Saltzman

CTE Specialist - Hospitality and Culinary
Phone: 616-447-3077