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Healthy School Food Pathway

Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) and California’s Community Colleges have partnered in the development of a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, and fellowship program that will support education and workforce development for healthy school food in California. The programs will provide California’s Community College students, incumbent school food service staff, and displaced or transitional workers in related industries with education and hands-on experience in operating healthy K-12 school meal programs.

The application for the Pre-Apprenticeship is now open:

Healthy School Food Pathway

Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) and California’s Community Colleges have partnered in the development of a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, and fellowship program that will support education and workforce development for healthy school food in California. The programs will provide California’s Community College students, incumbent school food service staff, and displaced or transitional workers in related industries with education and hands-on experience in operating healthy K-12 school meal programs.

The application for the Pre-Apprenticeship is now open:

Pre Apprenticeship:

The Healthy School Food Pathway program is excited to welcome its second cohort of pre-apprentices in Fall 2022. Pre-Apprentices will be paid $15/hr for the on-the-job-learning (Subject to change based on county minimum wage).

The program lasts 7 weeks and includes:

  • 4 School Food Institute courses: 20 hours (4 hours pre-read, 4 hours homework, 12 hours online learning)

  • 2 virtual learning sessions: 3 hours (2 sessions, 1.5 hours each)

  • On-the-job learning: 84 hours (~12 hours a week)


Apprenticeship

The Healthy School Food Pathway program is excited to welcome its first cohort of apprentices in Fall 2022. Please note that you must complete the pre-apprenticeship to join the apprenticeship. If you fit the requirements, please reach out to the Chef Ann Foundation. Pre-Apprentices will be paid $16/hr for the on-the-job-learning (Subject to change based on county minimum wage).

The program will be over one school year (~9 months) and include:

  • 7 School Food Institute courses: 35 hours (7 hours pre-read, 7 hours homework, 21 hours online learning)

  • Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) Courses: 64 hours

  • 18 virtual learning sessions: 54 hours (1 hour pre-read, 1 hour session, 1 hour homework)

  • On-the-job learning: 24 hours a week

Fellowship

COMING SOON

Spring 2023

Impact

When school food professionals are trained to work in and lead scratch-cook programs, they catalyze multiple benefits across the school food system. For example, scratch cooking facilitates local procurement, creative and responsive menu development, and food waste reduction, all of which can lead to climate and environmental benefits. Culturally relevant, delicious menus and excellent customer service contribute to increased school meal participation among students, which can reduce hunger and improve nutrition, ultimately leading to better health and learning.

The Healthy School Food Pathway program will prepare the future of school food to be led by diverse, prepared, and confident leaders with in-depth knowledge and experience in developing and administering successful scratch-cook meal programs.

Apply Now!

Interested in applying for the pre-apprenticeship program? Click here or download the full job description.

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