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Culinary classes coming to Newton DMACC

Drew also emphasized how important earning the optional certificate for sanitation and safety is to those looking towards a career in the restaurant industry. She said a lot of restaurants are beginning to require a certain amount of staff members to have this designation.

The classes she currently teach at DMACC are reserved for high school students, many of whom she said plan on returning in the spring when the Newton campus will begin to offer college credit for the course.

Drew said this course is essential for those who want a future in the food service industry, and those who successfully complete just the first year, will receive a culinary arts diploma, which is a great way to get your foot in the door.

“They learn everything,” she said. “They learn about all these different things I mentioned in the food prep class, so it’s a good base for them to go into institutional or restaurant type cooking or (become) private chefs. They can do all these things once they completed one full year through our program here.”

Students who complete two years in the DMACC culinary program will receive an associate of life sciences degree and this presents even more opportunities.

“If they continue to go on, then they can work in fine dining restaurants,” Drew said. “We’ve had students go on to Las Vegas and go in working as line cooks and graduate up to sous-chefs. We’ve had students go to Chicago and do the same thing.”

DMACC Newton Provost Mary Entz expressed her joy for being able to present this type of course for her campus’ students.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring new programs to our campus,” Entz said. “We’ve been working on this one for a few years and we are happy to bring it, so our students can take advantage of it. For the future of our campus, it is critical that we have programs that students want and need.”

Perspective or current students may enroll in person at the Newton campus, or online at:

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