The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), the educational arm of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the premier professional organization for culinary masters in North America, recently granted renewal Quality Program status to all Job Corps culinary training programs across the U.S., a total of 87. Approval was awarded Oct. 19 and is valid for five years.
“We are excited that the Job Corps culinary training has been recognized by the ACFEF as a quality program,” says Jane Oates, assistant secretary for the Employment and Training Administration.
“Since 1964, Job Corps has equipped more than two million graduates with the skills and knowledge to compete in a variety of occupations, enroll in higher education, and advance in their careers. Through the culinary program students not only gain exposure to invaluable learning experiences, they gain access to community resources which open new opportunities for these talented students.”
ACFEF Quality Program status is a recognition earned by non-degree-granting culinary programs that offer training and education but do not meet qualification requirements for ACFEF accreditation.
To receive the status, facilities must submit an application and supporting documents, which are then reviewed by a committee. Next, a team of professional chefs conduct a site visit to determine if the education described is properly delivered.
Initial Quality Program status is granted for three years. Facilities can apply for renewal, which is granted for five years. The ACFEF Quality Program status allows organizations to brand their course of study with the ACFEF logo and name, increasing marketability and public trust.
“ACFEF Quality Programs provide opportunities for individuals who do not know which career they would like to pursue, and gives them a taste of what the culinary industry can provide and how they can start a successful career without investing a huge amount of money,” says Michael Ty, CEC, AAC, ACF national president. “I have visited two Job Corps culinary training programs, and I was impressed with the caliber of participants enrolled.”