Culinary Apprentice

Nashville State Community College

Nashville State Community College, Southeast Campus

Education, Training & Library , Food & Lodging


Position Description / Responsibilities

Culinary Apprentice

Want to be a Chef? Want to EARN while you LEARN? If so, Culinary Apprenticeship is for you!

Nashville State Community College has partnered with several facilities within the hospitality industry in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area to launch an American Culinary Federation Certified Sous Chef Culinary Apprenticeship Program for students interested in becoming a chef. This program is also registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

ACF Certified Sous Chef Apprenticeship

The ACF Certified Sous Chef Apprenticeship program is a 4000-hour on-the-job learning apprenticeship that is combined with the A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts.

This program can be completed in as little as 24 months. The Certified Sous Chef certification exam will be administered during the summer semester of the second year of the program.

Potential career opportunities: Sous chef, supervisor, line cook, garde manger cook/chef, pastry cook/chef, banquet cook/chef, among others.

ACF Certified Culinarian Apprenticeship

The ACF Certified Culinarian Apprenticeship program is a 2000-hour on-the-job learning apprenticeship that is combined with the Culinary Arts Technical Certificate.

This program can be completed in as little as 12 months.

Potential career opportunities: line cook, pastry cook, prep cook, catering cook, etc.

ACF Certified Fundamental Cook Pre-Apprenticeship

The ACF Certified Fundamental Cook Pre-Apprenticeship program is a 1000-hour on-the-job learning pre-apprenticeship that is combined with the Fundamental Cook Technical Certificate.

This program can be completed in as little as 1 semester.

Potential career opportunities: line cook, pastry cook, prep cook, catering cook, etc.


Position Requirements

The qualifications for being selected as a culinary apprentice include the following:

  1. High school graduate or possess a GED/HiSET
  2. Preferred applicants have ACT scores or placement test scores to bypass the need for learning support in English and math
  3. Genuine and proven interest in culinary arts career
  4. Work experience in the foodservice industry preferred
  5. Completion of the application and interview process and selection as an apprentice by a sponsoring site

Application Instructions

Application for the Culinary Apprenticeship Program

All of the following must be completed by the applicant no later than May 21, 2021, to be considered for one of the Fall 2021 culinary apprentice positions:

  1. College Admission Application: Complete the online Nashville State Community College Admissions Application.
  2. Read: NSCC Application Agreement and Disclaimer
  3. Submit the following to Dina.Starks@nscc.edu (please include your name in the subject line of the email):
    1. Culinary Apprenticeship Application (download the PDF form, open in the PDF viewer of your choice and you will be able to type your information into the boxes)
    2. Essay: Submit a 250-word essay describing your career goals in your chosen field.
    3. Resume: Submit your up-to-date resume.
  4. Job Description: Read and agree to the Culinary Apprentice Job Description on the above Nashville State Apprenticeship Application.
  5. Letter of Recommendation: Please have one former employer or educator submit a letter of recommendation for you directly to Dina.Starks@nscc.edu. Please have your reference include your name in the subject line of the email.
  6. FAFSA: Complete the FAFSA to determine availability of financial aid for admission.
  7. Transcripts: Request that your transcripts from your high school and any college you may have attended be sent to Nashville State at this address: NSCC Office of Admissions, 120 White Bridge Road Nashville, TN 37209.
  8. Interviews: Once applications are screened by the Apprenticeship Admissions Committee, interviews with selected applicants will be conducted with representatives from the college and from the apprenticeship sites.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Dina Starks at Dina.Starks@nscc.edu for more information.

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