If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring 2016 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.
The Academy also offers two one-year certificate programs, Baking and Pastry Certificate I and Culinary Arts Certificate I. These two-semester certificates are designed to provide students with career training for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry or culinary fields. The certificates can also be used as a foundation for completing an associate degree at the Academy of Culinary Arts.
ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking & Pastry Club and food shows. Students have gone on to compete on nationally televised food shows including Chopped and The Next Food Network Star.
Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon sessions. Part-time classes are available also.
The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years, and recently received a national accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Wednesday, Jan. 6. Details are available at www.atlantic.edu/aca. For more information or to register, call Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944.