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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.

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.

Pre Apprenticeship:

The program will begin with a pre-apprenticeship, starting on February 28, 2021. Compensation: Pre-Apprentices will receive a stipend totaling $1,500 for the on-the-job learning portion

The program lasts 12 weeks and includes:

  • 9 School Food Institute courses: 44 hours (9 hours pre-read, 9 hours homework, 26 hours online learning)

  • 3 virtual learning sessions: 4.5 hours (3 sessions, 1.5 hours each)

  • On-the-job learning: 96 hours (~8 hours a week)


Apprenticeship & Fellowship

COMING SOON

Fall 2022

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.

*Spanish application coming soon.

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