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Culinary program receives initial ACFEF certification

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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 9:17 am | Updated: 3:58 pm, Wed Aug 29, 2012.

The Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, AZ, received initial programmatic certification from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission’s Secondary Certification Subcommittee through 2017.

EVIT is amongst an elite group nationwide and is the only secondary school in Arizona to receive ACFEF programmatic certification. Several post-secondary schools in Arizona have been accredited including Scottsdale Community College that offers EVIT students the opportunity to earn up to 16 credits toward their certificate of completion or associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

“We are extremely proud of our program and this distinction. But most importantly, it will benefit our students through additional membership, certification and professional development opportunities” said instructor Carlton Brooks, who is also a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and Accredited Certification Examiner by the American Culinary Federation.

The ACFEF programmatic certification is voluntary but assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum amount of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. Certification ensures that the program follows established standards, has accountability and credibility standards, and maintains a high level of professionalism and up-to-date practices.

To receive programmatic certification, a program must first submit a self-study. Then, a two-member team performs an on-site evaluation to validate the information submitted in the self-study, which is compiled into a team report. Next, the Accrediting Commission Secondary Certification Subcommittee reviews the report, along with the institution’s self-study, and decides if certification will be granted and for how long. The entire process took EVIT approximately three years to complete.

About the American Culinary Federation: The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 20,000 members spanning more than 210 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org.

About EVIT: The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is Arizona’s first joint technological education district. It provides occupation-specific programs for high school students at ten school districts across the East Valley. The programs are tuition-free for high school students; classes also are open to adult students at competitive tuition rates. EVIT, which has been honored as an A+ school in Arizona, is located in Mesa at 1601 W. Main Street and 6625 S. Power Road. To register or for more information, call 480-461-4000 or visit www.evit.com.

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