"While looking for a low-cost alternative to culinary school, Chef Zerbe met ACFEF Apprenticeship Committee chair Dr. Cindy Komarinski, Ph.D, CCC, CCE, HAAC, who introduced her to the American Culinary Federation and the apprenticeship program at WCCC. Chef Zerbe is now the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Laurel Highlands Chapter."
"A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Chef Zerbe earned her associate of applied science in baking and pastry arts in 2015 from Westmoreland, during which she was a pastry apprentice at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania."
The baking and pastry apprenticeship program is one of the majors comprising the college’s School of Culinary Arts/Hospitality and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). This apprenticeship program is sponsored by The American Culinary Federation Laurel Highlands Chapter (ACFLHC) and Westmoreland. A cooperative program, it combines 63 credits of academic course work with 4,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training in a participating restaurant, club, hotel, institution, resort or wholesale/retail bakery for an associate degree. Classes are scheduled so that students have a sufficient block of uninterrupted time to complete their 40-hour week. Academic work can be completed as a full-time student in two years or as a part-time student over a period of three years.
Students enrolled in this program are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor as apprentices and are required to join the ACFLHC as student culinarians. Registration and membership fees are required and payable to the ACF during the first week of class.
Students are expected to be well-groomed in compliance with the standards of sanitation. Students will be required to present medical proof of good physical health. Uniforms and program tool kit are required for all lab classes. Business attire may be required for some class assignments.
Employment must be secured in a facility that will provide full-time employment. The employer will agree to abide by the apprenticeship guidelines. Having fulfilled employment requirements, applicants will complete the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council Apprenticeship Agreement and American Culinary Federation (ACF) Apprentice Registration Form. At the completion of the program, students may apply for certification with the ACF.
The baking and pastry degree apprenticeship option may be completed through a partnership with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort as well as the other approved apprenticeship sites. For more information, call the Westmoreland Admissions Office at 724-925-4077.
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