WORCESTER- The Foodservice Management certificate program at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is the second in the state to receive full approval of the Association of Nutrition Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).
The distinction enables QCC students to earn Certified Dietary Manager (CDF) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) credentials by taking the CDF and CFPP exams. Students in certificate programs without ANFP approval do not have this opportunity.
“QCC’s one year certificate program provides an affordable pathway to equip students with a credential that is now nationally recognized for long-term care settings,” Chrissy Carroll, nutrition consultant for QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program, said.
National regulations introduced in 2016 limited the career options of graduating students without CDM or CFPP credentials. The certificate program at North Shore Community College in Danvers also has ANFP approval.
Worcester Public Schools (WPS) superintendent Maureen Binienda believes the certificate program at QCC now has the potential to benefit current Worcester Public Schools nutrition staff as well as WPS students looking to matriculate to QCC.
“The Dietary Management program at QCC will provide opportunities for both Worcester Public Schools nutrition staff and students to enroll in new educational pathways. These applicable field experiences will increase skills in culinary, nutrition, and management and increase dual enrollment opportunities for Worcester Public School students,” Binienda said.
“The ANFP approval comes at a great time for our students due to new national regulations. We are very excited about receiving this approval, which will increase our students’ scope of career options,”Pat Hutchinson, coordinator of QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program, said.