The Culinary Certificate Program prepares students for various types of cooking positions in the diverse field of foodservice. The programis accredited by the American Culinary Federation and HCC is the only Massachusetts community college with this certification. The certificate serves as the first year to HCC's A.S. in Foodservice Management, as well as preparing students to go on to culinary degree-granting institutions such as Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Institute of America, and New England Culinary Institute.
Upon graduating from this program, students will be able to use a hands-on approach to identify, define and appropriately handle a vast variety of food product and equipment as utilized in the commercial kitchen, dining room and bakeshop. Students will understand the current industry standards as well as legal and ethical issues involved in the safe-handling and service of food beverages. They will use a teamwork-based business approach to identify, define, respond to and evaluate problems and resolutions in various foodservice industry situations and to further an understanding of professional development in the industry, utilize basic arithmetic, and understand current nutritional issues.